Water line break affects Russellville, Olmstead


Many residents of Russellville and Logan County have been experiencing troubles with their water after a main line break disrupted service for South Logan Water customers.

Denise Gunderson of South Logan Water estimated that the break affected about a third of the company’s customers. Homes and businesses from Russellville to Olmstead were most affected. Some had no water at all, while others had a drastic drop in water pressure.

The break happened Sunday morning, and had still not been found as of late Monday morning – prompting the water company to issue a boil water advisory.

Although no contamination has been confirmed, customers who have water service are advised to bring water to a rolling boil for three minutes, and let it cool, before use. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.

South Logan Water has been searching for the leak since around 9 a.m. on Sunday morning and have been getting help from other organizations.

“We have a crew from Kentucky Rural Water that is back this morning helping and we are working with some of the other operators from the city of Adairville who are coming to help. We have several crews that are coming to help us out and look for the leak,” Gunderson said.

Since much of their service area is rural, and the leak could be underground or in the middle of a field, South Logan Water has asked customers to call (270) 772-1680 if they see water conspicuously standing or running.

Gunderson said she is not sure how much water is being lost at this time.

During the boil water advisory, customers who have South Logan water service are being asked to bring water to a rolling boil for three minutes, and let it cool before use. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.

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