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Water line break repaired, residents still asked to conserve water

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BELL COUNTY - The main water line that left thousands of people with little to no water has been restored, but some residents are still under strict emergency water conservation orders. Water should be used sparingly for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.

The City of Killeen says their water tanks have been refilled. They are back to Stage 1 water conservation. The boil order is still in place for areas west of SH 195 and south of US 190.

Fort Hood reports their water tanks are 50% full, but they are still in Stage 4 water restriction and under a boil order.

The water conservation order has been lifted for the City of Nolanville, along with the boil order.

A main Bell County Water District #1 line was cut in Belton Saturday evening during construction. One district manager says they’ve “never seen a leak of this magnitude before,” which prompted several cities and Fort Hood to order residents to cut their water use drastically. The emergency water conservation plans will remain in effect until all the pipe, tanks and water towers that supply those areas are refilled.

The water shortage affected residents, local businesses, even forcing Fort Hood to limit their operations.

Water pressure was so low on post that toilets wouldn’t flush and air conditioners stopped working so only mission essential workers had to report in Monday. The conditions led command to shut down all child development centers and even some outpatient clinics.

The water shortage was wide spread affecting Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove and Ft. Hood. Many residents in those areas made water runs at nearby stores to stock up on bottled water.

Killeen resident Rose Leach says the WalMart in Copperas Cove was packed. 

“The shelves are real bare right now,” says Leach. “The baker is closed, the deli is closed. I asked them why and they said because they’re trying to save whatever water they have for other departments.” 

Many residents said the shortage is making even the most basic tasks more difficult.

“My tenants are not being able to use the bathroom, flush the toilets, take shower in the morning, you know,” says Leach. I mean, just everyday life stuff is being real difficult right now and they need to fix it fast.”

Copperas Cove resident and father of five Raymond Brooks agrees.

“It’s been a little difficult. We have to boil the water to make sure there’s no microbes or bacteria that’s in it,” says Brooks. “So everything is taking a little more time than it usually would.”

The water situation also impacted many local businesses in Copperas Cove, which was hit hardest.

Blair Jackson, General Manger of Black Meg 43 says the shortage is affecting their bottom line. She says after closing down most of Sunday and only operating the drive thru Monday they will have lost at least $8,000.

Most of the restaurants in the area were open, but limited their operations to drive-thru windows only or face a fine from the city.
“Fines are being issued up to $1,000 for inappropriate use of water. So we’re just basically trying to save as much water as we can to you know, make sure the residents of Copperas Cove get water to their homes,” says Jackson. 

Click here for more information about Harker Heights' emergency water conservation plan.

Click here to read more about the Copperas Cove's conservation plan.

Click here for more information about Fort Hood's water conservation plan.

Click here for Killeen's water conservation plan.




The City of Killeen posted on their Facebook page Monday morning that repairs to the water main were finished late Sunday night, but it will take time for the water supply to refill. They will stay in stage 4 restriction Monday.

Several Bell County cities remain under emergency water conservation plan after a main water transmission line was cut Saturday. Those cities also have boil orders.

The City of Copperas Cove asked all restaurants to shut down for the day and to remain closed until 10 a.m. Monday to help with water conservation efforts or to at least stop using city water.

All Copperas Cove city offices and facilities will be open for business Monday morning as regularly scheduled  with the exception for both city pools which will remain closed Monday.

The Hills of Cove Golf Course will also delay opening until 10 a.m.

Residents in Fort Hood, Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove are asked to continue to use water sparingly for for necessary purposes like consumption and personal hygiene and to halt any nonessential water use such as laundry, irrigation, washing vehicles.

Copperas Cove is under their Stage 5 emergency water conservation plan while, Fort Hood and Killeen are both under Stage 4 critical emergency plans. Harker Heights was moved to their stage 3 plan Sunday afternoon.

City leaders want to stress that the quality of the water has not been affected, just the quantity.



Fort Hood will have delayed reporting for Monday, July 14 after a main water transmission line was accidentally cut Saturday evening.

Ft. Hood command has closed all physical fitness centers and canceled all physical training for Monday.

Soldiers and Airmen are to report to work at 9 a.m. Department of Army Civilians will report into work at their normal reporting times and contract personnel should contact their employers for their reporting times.
Child Development Centers will still open at their regular time to receive children.



Fort Hood, Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove are still under water conservation as crews work to fix the transmission water line that was cut Saturday afternoon. Fort Hood and Killeen are both under Stage 4 of water conservation which means water should only be used for drinking, cooking or personal hygiene. 

The city of Copperas Cove has been placed on Stage 5 emergency water conservation meaning all water consumption is limited to essential use only. 

The line was the main water supply that serves the city. Stage 5 conservation means all water consumption is limited to essential use only until the line is fixed. 

City officials believe the water line will be fixed sometime Sunday.

Click here for more information about Harker Heights' emergency water conservation plan.

Click here to read more about the Copperas Cove's conservation plan.

Click here for more information about Fort Hood's water conservation plan.

Click here for Killeen's water conservation plan.



A major transmission water line broke Saturday afternoon forcing them to pump out 20 million gallons of water.
Bell County officials say a contractor was trenching around 2:00 Saturday afternoon when they ruptured the 48 inch concrete line on Lake Belton at the Water Treatment Plant. The line is a transmission line that feeds to cities west of Lake Belton in Harker Heights, Killeen, Fort Hood and Copperas Cove.

Those cities still have available drinking water from other lines. The line was just the major line and officials say they're operating at around 50 percent.


That's why officials are asking residents in those cities to conserve water. Manager of the Bell County Water Control and Improvement Jerry Atkinson is urging residents to cut down on recreational use like watering lawns, filling pools and washing cars. 

Atkinson also says they will have to pump out around 20 million gallons of treated water from the pipes because of the break. He says the cost of the damage could be as much as $70,000. 

Atkinson also says because of the size of the line they're forced to ask help from surrounding cities. He says they'll be working around the clock but they may not be finished until Sunday night. 
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