Jessamine County

Jessamine schools to close Tuesday; water advisories in Nicholasville, Richmond

Crews repaired a water main break on Monday in Nicholasville.
Crews repaired a water main break on Monday in Nicholasville.

Jessamine County Schools will be closed Tuesday after much of Nicholasville and Richmond were under boil water advisories Monday stemming from separate water line breaks.

The city of Nicholasville ordered a boil water advisory Monday for consumers north of Edgewood Drive and west of Shun Pike, including the Squires Lake area, Meadowlark Subdivision, Rainbow Drive and all customers west of the U.S. 27 Bypass. The advisory is in effect through 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The advisory was issued after a water main break at 5:30 a.m. Monday on Courchelle Drive near U.S. 27 Bypass and Wilmore Road. Repairs on the break were expected to take most of the day.

The break was isolated and service had returned to customers by mid-day Monday, but the affected areas should boil their water for three minutes before it is used for drinking or cooking, officials said.

Jessamine schools were closed Monday for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

In her explanation about the decision to close schools on Tuesday, Jessamine Superintendent Kathy Fields said in a Facebook post that “the lines must be flushed for 24 hours after repair is complete. That would mean that I would need to provide drinking water and carry in food to nearly all our students and staff. I feel that is not feasible given the amount of time to secure the water and to order the food.”

Richmond also was under a boil water advisory after a water main break, according to Madison County Emergency Management.

The advisory was announced about 10:40 p.m. Sunday and affected Richmond Utilities and Madison County Water District customers. The emergency management agency posted on Facebook Monday morning that the advisory was still in effect.

The water main break occurred near Moberly Road and caused many people to temporarily lose water services.

The Madison County school district, with an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, plans to have classes on Tuesday, said spokeswoman Erin Stewart.

“We have been told by our utility folks that the repairs have been made and they are working to make sure that everything is safe,” Stewart said.

The Madison district had classes Monday, and schools had bottled water available to students, Stewart said.