ASHLAND, Ky. — Pleas to conserve water were overlooked by some, who used the sunny Saturday as a chance to wash their cars, The Independent reported.

The Feb. 1 story said the water crisis began in the city last week. Many citizens remain without water, or have weak water pressure.

Ashland City Manager, Ben Bitter, said in the story, “We ask [wash customers], as a good community partner, to participate with us to conserve water.” Bitter also said that the city officials do not have the ability to close washes, but that state government does.

He said he’s spoken with carwash owners and explained to them why water conservation is necessary.

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