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Gatesville lifts boil water, conservation notices

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GATESVILLE — A water-conservation mandate and a boil water order issued after a water outage in and around Gatesville this week were lifted Wednesday, Assistant City Manager Luis Lobo said.

“We’re back to normal,” Lobo said, adding that the city’s water storage tanks, which hold 5 million gallons, were full.

The city issued the conservation mandate Monday when water service to 20,000 users on the Gatesville system was jeopardized by a power failure Sunday at the city’s water intake structure at Belton Lake.

Power was restored to the structure late Monday and water service resumed Tuesday, Lobo said.

Only about 200 residential and commercial customers on the east side of Gatesville, as well as four state prison units in the area, lost water pressure as a result of the power failure. A boil-water order was issued for those users pending water tests, Lobo said. Results Wednesday showed the water was clean and safe to drink.

Contact Tim Orwig at torwig@kdhnews.com