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Killeen, Copperas Cove given water quality violations


Each year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality works with cities to put out annual water reports. In Bell County, Killeen and Copperas Cove were given violations; and didn't tell residents.

According to the 2013 drinking water quality report for the city of Killeen, the city was given two violations. The first came after the city failed to perform follow up tests after an earlier sample came back positive for an E-coli like bacteria. The bacteria is commonly found in the environment making the first violation not uncommon. 

The second violation was uncommon. The city is required to notify residents about a possible contamination in the drinking water. According to the report Killeen received a second violation after officials failed to tell residents about the positive sample which only accounted for five percent of the total amount of samples taken throughout the year.

"If we're talking small amounts which is usually the case, there's a really low risk of infection," said Dr. Karen Brust, an infectious disease specialist.

City of Killeen officials would not comment on the violations Monday afternoon. Residents said they were troubled about not being told what was coming out of their faucets.

"It's pretty concerning," said Justice, who was shopping with his wife and two children. "If they're not taking care of what they're supposed to be, how are we supposed to trust them to protect our water system?"

The city of Copperas Cove received one violation. According to the report, the city failed to give the state of Texas data about the amount of lead and copper in the drinking water on time. 

The Copperas Cove spokesperson said in an e-mail as soon as the city was notified about the missed deadline, they corrected the problem originally caused by a clerical error. He added the water was never unsafe to drink and lead and copper levels are below the maximum contamination levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lake Belton serves as the water source for many area cities. Harker Heights, Nolanville and Blondie not receive any violations. 

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