People who live in Lynch noticed Monday night there was something wrong with their tap water. Now, city officials are trying to resolve the issue.
"If you don't have water, what are you going to drink? Pop? Beer?" asked Donna Gilliam, who lives in Lynch.
That’s the question many people in Lynch are asking.
"6:20 yesterday evening, we got a phone call saying, 'Don't drink the water. Don't use the water at all. Don't even shower in the water," said Gilliam.
That left the residents of Lynch wondering why the water is cloudy and how dangerous it is.
"The water plant operator came in and turned the water plant on to start producing water, and he left and quit," said Lynch Mayor John Adams.
The mayor says the plant operator gave no notice other than on Facebook, where he announced he would not be returning.
"It puts you in a quandary. You get in a critical situation. You've got to have water," said Adams.
WYMT’s Caleb Noe talked to some people who say they drank the water Monday night or Tuesday morning, and they're fine. They're not sick, but the mayor still advises people not to drink the water until the Kentucky Division of Water is able to test it and confirm that it's safe.
Officials say when the operator left, he left the water pump on for about twice as long as it normally would be, causing oxygen levels in the water to rise.
"You get air in the water, and when you do, it turns it cloudy," explained Adams.
City officials hope the water will be confirmed safe within the next day or two.
"I hope they find somebody that can really run the city water," said Gilliam.
Until then, people are forced to find another way to drink water and take showers.
The mayor wants to hire a new plant operator as soon as possible. For the time being, people in Lynch can go to the nearby Benham Schoolhouse Inn and take a shower there for $10.