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Residents Asked to Conserve Water after Bell County Water Main Break

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(KCEN) --  UPDATE:   Parts of Bell County are going on their 2nd day in a row of major water restrictions. Killeen, Copperas and Fort Hood. All having to cut down their water usage to the absolute essentials. 
Some houses in Cove have no water at all forcing some to use any means necessary to keep their toilets flushing.

The water line that broke Saturday afternoon has been fixed but the water restrictions remain.

Copperas Cove is at Stage 5.

Killeen, and Fort Hood at Stage 4

And Harker Heights Stage 3.

There are also boil water notices for Cove, Fort Hood and southwestern Killeen.

These water problems couldn't be happening at a worse timing. Since Central Texas is now in the triple digits making the last two days miserable for many.

"We want to be able to water our stuff while we're gone cause I don't want my plants to die," said Copperas Cove resident Diana Ludwig. "Plus my garden, and then our pool we have to have water in that pool because I have all those grandkids and I want them to swim."
In Copperas Cove the tanks are filling up slowly so the city expects everyone to have water in a few hours.

As far as the boil water notice, Cove and Fort Hood say the earliest we can expect for those to be lifted will be Wednesday.

And everyone is still asked to conserve water until the water restrictions are lifted later this week. Delayed reporting for Fort Hood will continued through Tuesday, July 15th. All units will cancel physical training. You can find more information on delayed reporting here.

How was such a critical water main that affects so many people ruptured?

 The general manager of Water District #1 says a developer was working here on this plot of land adjacent to the water district's land.

The developer allegedly crossed over the easement line between the two properties and broke the water main on the water district's property.

Bell County's copy of the deed on the property does not show a map, but it's not yet clear whether the developer has some sort of survey. 

"The question for us now is why, if they knew they were crossing the easement or if they know it was there," said WCID #1 General Manager Jerry Atkinson. 

Crews did work together through the night to fix the broken line. A very grateful Atkinson says folks do make mistakes

But he plans to get to the bottom of this.

An office employee was not able to put KCEN in touch with anyone at Purser Construction today.

TCEQ could not explain what the requirements are for those markers or whether developers are required to contact them before breaking ground.


UPDATE: Water restrictions remain in effect for portions of Bell County serviced by the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District #1 due to a main water transmission line break .Officials with the Bell County WCID #1 say a contractor was digging trenches to install water and sewage lines Saturday afternoon near Lake Belton at the Water Treatment Plant when they struck the line. The line break also affects Copperas Cove which receives its water supply from the broken line.

Copperas Cove Water Superintendent Daniel Hawbecker says Cove remains in Stage 5 emergency water restrictions and the situation is critical.


"We're not receiving water from that main line that's broken," said Hawbecker. "So right now we're running off of reserves and those are starting to get low." Hawbecker emphasized residents need to follow restrictions set by the city, conserving water for essential purposes like hygiene and drinking.

Stage 5 restrictions prohibit lawn irrigation, washing of vehicles, filling of pools and non-essential indoor and outdoor use.

"Every time you use your faucet, it's taking from the reserves," said Hawbecker.
The City of Copperas Cove is telling food service establishments to close their doors under the Stage 5 Emergency Water restriction until the situation is resolved. You can find full details of Copperas Cove's Stage 5 plan here.


The City of Killeen is under Stage 4 water restrictions which also prohibits using water to irrigate lawns, washing cars, filling swimming pools, etc. Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper says food service establishments in Killeen are being encouraged not to use water as well. You can find full details of Killeen's Stage 4 plan here.

Fort Hood is also now in Stage 4 (critical) Emergency Conservation as a result of this line break. The III Corps and Fort Hood Facebook page says all units will cancel physical training tomorrow, July 14. Soldiers and airmen will report at 9 a.m. Department of the Army civilians will report to work at normal reporting times. Fort Hood childhood development centers will be open at normal times. Physical fitness centers will remain closed. Full details on Fort Hood entering Stage 4 can be found here.

Residents of Nolanville and Harker Heights are also being asked to conserve water today after a main water transmission line break in Bell County Water Control and Improvement District #1.



(KCEN) -- UPDATE: Crews continue to work to repair a main water transmission line break in the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District #1. General manager of WCID #1 Jerry Atkinson says they're making great progress on fixing the break. But estimates it will still take up to eight hours for the line to be fully repaired.  The line was losing 50 gallons of water per minute when it first broke. Repairs are estimated at $70,000.

Atkinson says residents need to continue to follow water conservation plans their cities have designated for them and should do so throughout the night.

That includes the prohibition of lawn irrigation, washing of vehicles, filling of pools and non-essential indoor and outdoor use.  

Fort Hood is now in Stage 4 (critical) Emergency Water Conservation as a result of this line break.

For more information on Fort Hood restrictions you can visit forthoodpresscenter.com or call Fort Hood public affairs at (254) 449-4023.


  (KCEN) -- Residents of Killeen, Copperas Cove and Nolanville are being asked to conserve water today after a main water transmission line break in Bell County Water Control and Improvement District #1. This line also supplies water to Fort Hood and Harker Heights.
Copperas Cove is under a stage 5 water conservation plan. Killeen has entered a stage 4 water conservation plan. Residents in the affected areas are asked to limit all water consumption to only essential use. 

This includes the prohibition of lawn irrigation, washing of vehicles, filling of pools and non-essential indoor and outdoor use. 

The quality of water has not been affected by the line break, just the quantity.

Officials say the break should be resolved sometime mid-day Sunday. Residents will be notified when normal water use can resume.

For more information on water restrictions you can visit killeentexas.gov/wcp. You can find the Copperas Cove conservation plan here.You can also call the Copperas Cove Public Works Dept. at (254) 547-0751 or (254) 547-2416 for more information concerning that area.


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