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City-wide boil water notice still ongoing for Killeen, water distribution now being offered

Posted at 12:41 PM, Oct 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-21 13:39:20-04

KILLEEN, Texas — The Public Works Department with the City of Killeen said a city-wide boil water notice would not be lifted for at least 24 hours.

The notice was issued on Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. due to chlorine residuals coming in below TCEQ guidelines from six sites.

The City is continuing to sample water throughout the city to monitor chlorine residuals and provide data to TCEQ to analyze.

However, the boil water notice will not be lifted until levels are stable enough for a sustained period of time, a minimum of 24 hours.

“We are pulling water samples from all pump stations and tanks, as well as the sites where samples were taken yesterday,” Jeffery Reynolds, Director of Public Works said. “Any water intended for consumption should be boiled as a precaution, but for other uses such as showering and washing dishes, the water is fine.”

On Thursday, the City announced it would offer bottled water for people who can't boil their own water. You can call (254) 501-6315 for assistance.

The City is working to isolate the issue in hopes to lift the notice in areas where chlorine levels have been proven to be sufficient after a massive flush of the water system.

Once chlorine levels are back to normal, external lab testing is still required before the notice can be lifted.

TCEQ teams are headed to Killeen to work with the City and WCID to advise their next steps.

Updates will be given out by the City daily around 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.