Wyoming County Town Receives Needed Water Donation

Jan 20, 2014

Principal Virginia Lusk sits with students at Herndon Consolidated after receiving a water donation for the community.
Credit Leigh Hall

A  truckload of water was delivered to a school in Wyoming County Monday morning. The school and several communities served by Alpoca Water Works have been without usable water for almost five months.

Last week, we brought you the story about Herndon Consolidated and the surrounding communities.

Public Service officials are working to fix what they call a "dated" water system owned by a small private company. Residents in Alpoca, and Bud along with an elementary school, have been on a boil water advisory since September.

Principal Virginia Lusk told us she was contacted by a church in North Carolina the day our story aired. The church promised a truckload of clean water. Lusk tells us that on Monday, the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church kept their word and brought 300 cases of bottled water.

Herndon Consolidated Principal Virginia Lusk (left) accepts water from Pastor Mitch Smith (center) and his church to pass out to residents like Mike Sandy (right).
Credit Leigh Hall

Lusk says instead of using the water at the school, it was distributed to people in the community. She says the school is happy to accept any more donations to distribute to the community that remains in need.

The residents and school have been purchasing drinking water since September.