Concerned citizens in Martin County, Kentucky met for the first time since the Kentucky Public Service Commission granted Martin County Water District an emergency rate increase.
“By the time you pay your bills, how do you buy the water and you can’t drink it so you’re still having to buy bottled water and we just can’t afford it,” said Martin County Resident BarbiAnn Maynard.
The community is taking cues from another town that has dealt with a water crisis, and won’t be slowing down until the water runs clear.
“I spoke in Flint, Michigan a few months ago and I asked the people what did you do right and what did you wrong. They said when the grants started coming in they backed off and quit being so vocal and they said don’t stop being vocal so we’re not. Tonight we are gathering again, rally the troops and do our next battle,” said Maynard.
It wasn’t just citizens at the meeting in Inez Thursday, Water Board members were present.
“I am a concerned citizen of Martin County I wouldn’t have been on this Water Board if I wasn’t,” said Secretary of the Martin County Water Board John Hensley.