Miami County community faces water crisis - KCTV5

Miami County community faces water crisis

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FONTANA, KS (KCTV) -

Officials have issued a boil order from Fontana in Miami County.

Low water levels and a water main break created the boil order.

Residents were first asked to conserve water in mid-December, but the shortage grew worse. As a result, a water emergency was declared last week.

Crews continued to repair the water main break the day after Christmas, but residents said the water woes are nothing new.

As Dawn Bailey makes her way around the kitchen, she said she has one thing on her mind.

"I have 4-month-old twin girls and I have to have bottled water for formula," she said.

Part of the reason she has to use bottled water is because a water main is being tested by city crews and contractors to determine where a leak is in the line.

"I was trying to get my house nice and tidy for the holiday and it just was not going to happen without water," Bailey said.

Bailey was without water for some time.

"Approximately 36 hours, it was like mid-day on Friday then it was Saturday evening before we had water," she said.

The water main isn't the only issue plaguing the rural Miami County town. The drought has been the biggest issue, leading to significantly low water levels.

Mayor Jon Beachy said the water level currently sits at 47 feet in a 53-foot well and is slowly drying up. He said the city's water woes should be considered a crisis.

Some residents said a well located two miles outside of town that is the main source for the town's water supply has been causing problems in previous years.

"I have a 2-year-old so baths are mandatory. So it just kind of inconvenienced a lot of families in Fontana," Bailey said. "I don't think anyone is ever prepared for something like this. It's one of the luxuries of living in a community - it's going to be one of those deals where we hope it doesn't happen again."

Beachy said the work on the water main will continue until workers can pinpoint the exact location of Friday's break. He said the water well issues are an ongoing problem the city continues to tackle.

Click here for images from KCTV5's Nima Shaffe's visit to Fontana Wednesday.

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