With water in short supply, Governor Steve Beshear has declared a “water emergency” in Magoffin County, Kentucky. The county of some 13,000 residents in Eastern Kentucky, is facing a water shortage due to the low-levels of the Licking River.
So far conservation efforts have been enough to stave off serious problems, but without rain the deficiency will continue. Local schools have switched to paper plates and turned off soda and ice machines to help. Water donations from Lexington and Anheuser-Busch are flowing in, alleviating immediate concerns over drinking water.
Source : The Courier-Journal
Circle of Blue’s east coast correspondent based in New York. He specializes on water conflict and the water-food-energy nexus. He previously worked as a political risk analyst covering equatorial Africa’s energy sector, and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. Contact: Cody.Pope@circleofblue.org