The lack of rain isn’t the only cause of water issues in Southern Kentucky. Several towns have picked out locations for new water intake systems to guarantee sufficient water supplies, in spite of lower water levels at Lake Cumberland.
The reservoir’s level has been lowered by 43 feet to relieve pressure while crews repair the leaking Wolf Creek Dam.
Federal officials have warned a failure of the dam could flood Kentucky cities along the Cumberland River and into Tennessee.
On June 6, 2007, the Kentucky Division of Water approved water intake modification plans for treatment plants in Burnside, Jamestown and Albany.
State officials said the work will enable the communities to continue drawing from Lake Cumberland for drinking water supplies even if the lake level is drawn down further.