BELL COUNTY - Killeen officials lifted emergency water restrictions Tuesday, but conservation measures remain in effect at Fort Hood and in other Bell County cities affected by a weekend main break, and boil orders are still in place, as well.
“Killeen’s water tanks have recharged, and residents may resume normal Stage 1 use,” the city said Tuesday morning.
A boil order remains in effect for all customers in the southwestern quadrant of the city from State Highway 195 west to the city limit and from U.S. 190 south to the city limit.
Fort Hood reported Tuesday that storage tanks were 50 percent full and said conservation and boil orders remain in effect.
“Stage 4 water restrictions until further notice. Consumption of water by all customers shall be limited to essential use only,” the post said Tuesday.
Fort Hood's water utility supplier issued a boil order Monday for customers in all housing areas and main areas of the post including Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.
Copperas Cove also issued a boil order Monday for water customers.
The orders will remain in effect until tests confirm the water supply is free of contaminants.
Until the orders are lifted, water intended for consumption, cooking or ice making should be boiled vigorously before use.
At Fort Hood, water service will be restored incrementally as distribution lines are recharged, the post said Monday.
In some areas water pressure may be low or no service may be available until late Monday or Tuesday morning, Fort Hood said.
Water may be discolored as the system is recharged, but that will clear up as the system is flushed out, Fort Hood said.
In other cases, the water may be milky colored or spurts of air may come from faucets as a result of air in the mains.
Water trailers have been positioned in housing areas.
Residents were advised to limit water use to essential needs over the weekend because of the main break.
After the main break, Killeen entered Stage 4 of its Water Conservation Plan and Copperas Cove implemented Stage 5 restrictions.
Fort Hood implemented Stage 4 of its Water Conservation plan, limiting water use to essential needs and it remained in effect Monday.
Harker Heights advised residents to restrict water use and to avoid outside watering.
Nolanville issued a mandatory water conservation order.
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