Oct 15 2014
The Pulaski County Public Service Authority and the Pulaski County staff have reluctantly asked Appalachian Power Company to delay the anticipated November 2014 drawdown to November of 2015. There has been a significant increase in silt deposited adjacent to the PSA water intake in the past year. Short-term dredging and a long-term redesign of the intake have been initiated but there are too many factors outside the control of the PSA staff to risk the chance of a significant interruption of water service to residents and businesses. Logistical and regulatory difficulties prevented implementation of dredging operations prior to the drawdown and it was not possible to delay the drawdown due to likely deterioration in weather conditions as we move into December. As a result, the PSA was at significant risk of an extended loss of water to approximately half of the PSA’s water customers including several major industrial employers. Efforts to address siltation issues will continue in anticipation of possible winter storms and preparation for a three-foot drawdown in the early November 2015.
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