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Jellico utility customers spend weekend with no water

Jellico Electric and Water Systems customers were without running water most of the weekend, but all customers should have water back by the end of the day Monday.

Last week’s heavy rains disturbed sediment in the water that gets pulled into and treated at the water treatment facility, and that increased sediment proved to be too much for the system to handle. The utility switched to its backup–a well–but, the well pump failed, leaving all customers without water and leading officials to issue a boil advisory.

As of this morning, all residents living inside the Jellico city limits had water restored, and the remaining customers, primarily in the Elk Valley community, were expected to have water back on around midday. The utility said this morning that, once water is fully restored to all of its customers, it will then flush the water lines to get rid of any remaining sediment before lifting the boil advisory. Utility officials also say that water pressure might still be low until the system has completely recovered from this weekend’s shutdown.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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