BELTON, Texas (AP) - Central Texas officials have issued water conservation alerts after a weekend work crew struck a main water line, leading to the loss of 20 million gallons of water.
The accident Saturday in Belton led Copperas Cove to limit water use by residents to "essential" needs only, prompted other cities such as Killeen and Harker Heights to issue similar alerts, and Fort Hood to order all tap water be boiled first.
J.D. Dominguez, plant operator for the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, says the water line was repaired Monday but it will take another day or two before normal water flow returns.
In addition to the boil order, Fort Hood issued a statement saying only "key" personnel would report to work Monday because of the water shortage.
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