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Copperas Cove temporarily upgraded to Stage 4 water restrictions


Cove Leader-Press


Bell County WCID #1 today reported a leak originating from a 48-inch water line break.

This water line supplies water for Copperas Cove, Fort Cavazos, Killeen, and other areas serviced by WCID #1.

The leak was initially discovered on Thursday, March 28.

“The leak was minor and not impacting service or causing any environmental impacts. Several contractors were contacted but none were immediately available. The decision was made to begin excavation and repairs immediately after the weekend. This morning while excavating, the small leak became a large leak once the embedment was removed. WCID 1 crews have isolated the segment and begun the dewatering process to allow the repair process to continue,” Bell County WCID #1 announced in a press release.

This is anticipated to remain in effect for at least 48 hours or until repairs are finalized, as per WCID #1.

On Monday, Copperas Cove Mayor Dan Yancey signed an Order for Stage Implementation, Water Restrictions – Stage 4A.

The escalation to Stage 4, categorized as "Critical," entails a prohibition on all outdoor watering activities, including watering of landscaped areas, unless reclaimed water is used.

Water can be used only for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene purposes. No washing vehicles or watering plants.

Vehicle car washes at commercial car washes and commercial service stations is only permitted between 6-10 a.m. and 6-10 p.m.

“Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life.”

The City of Copperas Cove has been at stage 2 restrictions since August 2023.

Questions or concerns may be directed to:

Corey Chambers, Water Superintendent or (254) 547-2416

Scott Osburn, Public Works Director or (254) 547-0751

Kevin Keller, Public Relations Director or (254) 547-4221 x6243

Roxanne Flores, Public Relations Specialist or (254) 547-4221 x6704

For inquiries specific to WCID, please contact the WCID #1 General Manager, Ricky Garrett, at (254)-501-9243 or email


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