Grayson County neighborhood without water again

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) -- "Just went to the sink, turned on the water like we always do and no water again," Kennis Blankenship, who lives at High Country Estates.

Record breaking heat and nothing coming out of the tap.

"This is a very serious public health emergency," said Grayson County Emergency Manager Sarah Somers.

People who live here are worried about their safety.

"Extremely worried, because the last time we were without water for four or five days," said Blankenship.

But this is not the first time in the past month this neighborhood has been without water.

"So we were involved and have been involved since June 30th with a water outage that started around that time out in High Country Estates," said Somers.

Kennis Blankship says the little things he took for granted before are luxuries now.

"I'm fortunate enough to have a pond and pool where I can go out and get a bucket of water and at least flush the toilet. A lot of people don't have that blessing," said Blankenship.

He says even the simplest tasks are much harder now.

"Well, you can't use water to drink, to cook, to brush your teeth or anything like that," said Blankenship.

His family is forced to use bottled water for everything.

County agencies, volunteer fire departments and the red cross have delivered bottles and gallons of water but that only goes so far.

The outage is taking a toll on animals too.

"These people have horses and cattle, they have dogs and cats and chickens. How do they water all of those," said Blankenship.

Blankship hopes they can find a solution before someone is hurt.

"I worry about other people, you know, this water system covers a lot of rural territory," said Blankenship.