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Central Texans asked to conserve water as arctic blast affects water supplies

Posted at 8:12 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 21:12:37-05

People across Central Texas, including Waco and Killeen residents, are being asked to conserve water as cities worry supply could run out all together.

Power outages in Killeen impacted the city's water supply so drastically that officials implemented a Stage 5 on water restriction, asking people to conserve water over the next 24 to 48 hours.

"Stage 5 is as severe as it gets. The next stage is we are without water. We're responding to broken water lines, road issues, but it's all different all the way across the board," explained Hilary Shine, Executive Director of Communications for the City of Killeen.

Right now, there's no way to estimate how many people are currently without water, as often times the problem is that individual water pipes have either frozen or burst.

"So we really just need people to be good stewards of their utilities so we can try to come out of this thing as quickly as possible," Shine said.

Over in Waco, the City announced Tuesday one of its two water plants had gone down. It has since been repaired, but it put the City behind on production and distribution.

"That's why we are still asking our citizens to curtail their water use. Don't take baths and showers right now, don't wash clothes, don't wash dishes, try to really conserve water at least for the next 24 hours," said Larry Holze, Public Information Officer for the City of Waco.

Mayor Dillon Meek asks Wacoans to cut water use for the rest of the week

City officials urge residents who notice any leaks on their property or around town to call the city immediately in order for crews to stop it and prevent water from going to waste.

If water pressure continues to drop, people in Waco and neighboring towns that rely on Waco water may need to go into a boil water notice.

On Wednesday, a boil water notice was issued for all properties in Killeen.

For an ongoing list of areas under a boil water notice, click here.