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Allen Elliott, of Killeen, was at a water filling station set up in the town for residents without water shortly before noon on Friday.

“The pipes froze and burst, but the electricity remained on,” Elliott said of the situation at his home.

The station is located in the Town of Killeen Water and Sewer Services Building at 805 W. Jasper Drive. Using hoses from the building’s water taps, city workers helped residents who arrived with containers they were asked to bring themselves.

“The boil water advisory is still in effect, but we are trying to keep it at a maximum of 10 gallons,” city spokesman Jeff Reynolds said at the event, adding that he understood that the city of Houston was doing something similar for its residents. .

Although the station officially began serving residents at noon on Friday, Reynolds said two cars arrived around 10:30 a.m. when water services throughout the city are fully restored, or what options for boiling water are available to residents who may still have no electricity in their homes.

Elliott, an engineer for 38 years, said the lack of insulation was the cause of the bursting water line at his home.

“They have to look at the building codes,” he said.

Extreme winter conditions have left many Killeen residents with low water pressure or no water service. As the city works to restore water levels and services, Stage 5 water restrictions remain in place.

Killeen officials announced the opening of the water filling station, which has limited hours, in a press release on Friday morning.

The station was open until 6 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the city’s statement. “Residents must bring their own containers to fill, and quantities may be limited depending on demand. All water received must be boiled before consumption.

Because water levels and pressure dropped so significantly during this event, a boil water advisory remains in effect citywide as a precautionary measure, according to the city. All water should be boiled before consumption until testing confirms that no contamination has occurred.

“The City has received hundreds of reports of frozen private water pipes. As temperatures rise, the pipes will begin to thaw, which will increase the risk of water damage to your home if they crack or separate during freezing, ”the statement said. “If your lines are blocked, please email [email protected] or call 254-501-6320. The City will send a team to shut off the water at the meter. Water is an essential service and the town of Killeen is working diligently to restore it. Residents should expect full recovery to take weeks. Public compliance with water restrictions and other ordinances will accelerate this recovery for the entire community. “


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