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Water district sees problems following Jim Beam warehouse fire last month

A fire ripped through two warehouses at the Jim Beam facility in Woodford County early Wednesday morning.
A fire ripped through two warehouses at the Jim Beam facility in Woodford County early Wednesday morning.(WYMT)
Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 5:48 PM EDT
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The Peaks Mill Water District said it is beginning to see problems form the massive fire at the Jim Beam warehouse earlier this month.

Water officials said the water now has an odor and a different taste, but it is still safe to drink.

The water district said runoff from the fire got into its water lines.

Officials started flushing the lines last week and are continuing that work this week to get the water back to normal.

"I've drank the water when it came by my house, and besides a sweet taste, I didn't have any issues," Church Quarles, Chairman at Peaks Mill Water District,

. "It doesn't taste like bourbon. It's just kind of a sweet taste. I can't really describe it. One lady said she's having odor issues with her laundry."

Results from a water sample in Mt. Vernon showed no warning signs, but officials are worried about a leak. They are also testing water in Gregory Woods, Payton Ridge and Teresita areas.

"This district has got well over 100 miles of mains in the ground, so it's taking a little while to get this water through the system," said Quarles. "We're working diligently to try and address the issue. Once we find this water leak on the back end of the system, we'll be able to be a little more proactive."

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