House member will discuss water crisis with state’s public service commission

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By John Whitlock

A member of the Kentucky House of Representatives is looking for answers behind the Owen County water outage.
State Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, who represents Owen County in the Kentucky House of Representatives, said he stayed in contact with officials with Kentucky American and local officials.
“I have been staying in touch with Kentucky American. I wanted to make sure I know all I can,” Quarles said.
The representative said he would discuss the situation and fallout with the Kentucky Public Services Commission, which oversees utilities.
“I want the PSC to see what happened and why this was such a catastrophic outage,” Quarles said. “The people of Owen County deserve answers. We want to make sure we minimize the chances of this happening again.”
The Owen County water crisis didn’t go unnoticed in Frankfort, Quarles aid.
“There is a lot of sympathy for the people of Owen County for what has happened,” Quarles said. “I have been in touch with every member who represents Owen County and discussed the situation.”
Quarles praised the actions of local government during the crisis.
“(Owen County Judge-executive) Carolyn (Keith) showed a lot of leadership during this crisis along with all the other officials,” Quarles said.