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State issues water shortage watch for Owen

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By Molly Haines

As blistering heat is expected to continue through the weekend, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has issued a water shortage watch for 27 counties, including Owen County.
According to a press release from the energy and environment cabinet, a water shortage watch is issued when drought conditions have the potential to threaten the normal availability of drinking water supply sources.  
According to the release, residents should increase their awareness of the current drought situation and prepare to make adjustments to their water use.
An excessive heat warning was once again issued Friday for Owen County.
According to the National Weather Service, Owen County's high temperature for Friday was 101 degrees.
Temperatures are expected to reach 104 degrees Saturday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms Saturday evening.
The National Weather Service suggests any outdoor activities be moved to early morning or evening hours.
Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. If working outdoors, take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
A representative from Kentucky American Water could not be reached Friday.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the extreme heat and its effects on Owen County could be discussed at the July 10 fiscal court meeting.