This year's drought has taken a toll on many across central Kentucky, and Nicholasville is no exception.
On Tuesday, the Kentucky River Authority opened the valves at Dam 13, near Beattyville, and Dam 12, near Irvine, in an attempt to increase flow to other areas of the region.
Nicholasville Utility Director Tom Calkins said Pool No. 8, where the city draws its water from, has suffered greatly in recent weeks.
In an e-mail to area leaders, Calkins said, "Pool 8 is dropping like a rock, but fortunately the KRA is opening the valves in Dam 13 and Dam 12 this afternoon (Tuesday) to attempt to increase the flow (approximately 40 cubic feet per second) into Pool 9 so that water will over top the dam and raise our levels in Pool 8."