Water Supply Update

Jun 28, 2012

The near 100 degree temperatures coupled with no immediate chance of significant rainfall poses a threat to water supplies across the Commonwealth.  Western Kentucky is in the midst of a severe drought.  Those conditions are beginning to make their way across the state.  Bill Caldwell, with the Division of Water, says most all Kentucky community could face water supply issues.

“Depending upon how extreme a drought becomes…water supply can potentially become an issue for anybody…except for possibly water suppliers that draw out of a large core lake..or water suppliers that take water out of the Ohio River..or the alluvian along the Ohio River,” said Caldwell.

Caldwell says officials in many localities across Kentucky have been educated about drought response over the past decade.   Bill Caldwell says this comes from battling a number of droughts during that time.  Lexington is now served by a new plant and pipeline running from Owen County to the bluegrass.  Still, Caldwell says the level of the Kentucky River is dropping.

“The flow in the Kentucky River is pretty low…we’re at about 266 cubic feet per second at lock ten which is above Winchester…and that’s a pretty low flow for this time of year,” added Caldwell.

While western Kentucky is in the midst of a severe drought, Caldwell says rainfall in eastern Kentucky has been hard to come by.