COPPERAS COVE — Residents can rest easy. Their water is safe, according to a 2013 water quality report released last week by the Cove water department.

Cove resident Ed Bryant on Friday was pleased by the good news.

“I’m glad to hear that our water is safe,” he said. “I know there can be issues sometimes when the water gets low.”

All contaminates, disinfectants, by-products, and lead and copper are within the acceptable range, according to the report. There were no violations in the total organic carbon or in radioactive contaminates.

While the turbidity level was slightly elevated on one reading, the elevation causes no health problems but can interfere with disinfectants and “provide a medium for microbial growth,” the report stated.

Turbidity can be an indication of disease-causing organisms that can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches, but no warnings of any impending sickness were present. The report stated the source of the contamination as runoff soil.

In the end, Cove has provided the community with safe drinking water, according to the report.

The only worrisome part of the report was the notation that Belton Lake is lower this year than it was last year. On that note, Daniel Hawbecker, Copperas Cove water superintendent, said in an email that ongoing drought conditions compelled Cove to enter stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan on Jan. 4, 2013.

“Due to drought conditions that we have experienced for the last few years it has brought to the forefront the importance of conserving the water resources we have available to ensure there is adequate water supply for everyone,” Hawbecker said.

For the full report, go to

Contact James Harper at or 254-501-7554.​

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