• February 28, 2017

Cove residents must cut water consumption, city says

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Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017 9:00 pm

COPPERAS COVE — Residents soon will have to cut back on water use because of construction in the city. If residents don’t, they could face fines of $100 or more.

An 18-inch water transmission line will be out of service from Feb. 27 until March 2 during utility relocation work associated with the Texas Department of Transportation’s Farm-to-Market 116 road-widening project.

Stage 4 water restrictions will be aggressively monitored — and strictly enforced — on those four days, according to a news release from the city.

The restrictions include:

Residents must use water sparingly for personal consumption and hygiene needs.

Irrigating landscaped areas is prohibited unless reclaimed water is used.

Using water to wash any vehicle is prohibited.

Restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons except upon request.

Washing down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots or other hard surfaces is prohibited.

“Any person who knowingly or intentionally allows the use of water in violation of the City of Copperas Cove’s Water Conservation Plan may be issued a citation by a City of Copperas Cove employee for a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $100 to $1,000. Violations will be strictly enforced,” according to the release.

TxDOT, in a July news release, said a left turning lane will be added along a seven-tenths of a mile stretch of FM 116 from Anderson Avenue to Avenue B, a $5.5 million project.

Much of the work began in July, including setting signs and barricades, and adjusting water and sewer lines. TxDOT said residents can expect traffic delays until the project nears completion in summer.

Residents will be notified when the water restrictions are rescinded.

For updates, go to the city’s website, copperascovetx.gov, or to the city’s Facebook pages.

More information

Questions or concerns about Copperas Cove water restrictions may be directed to:

Kevin Keller, public information officer, at kkeller@copperascovetx.gov or 254-547-4221.

Michael Cleghorn, public works director, at mcleghorn@copperascovetx.gov or 254-547-0751.

Daniel Hawbecker, water superintendent, at dhawbecker@copperascovetx.gov or 254-547-2416.

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  • dawgmom posted at 9:12 am on Sat, Feb 18, 2017.

    dawgmom Posts: 6

    If none of those things you mentioned are in the restrictions, then of course people can use water in those cases. Nothing will become of making coffee or ice tea, cooking food, giving water to pets or taking care of personal hygiene because None of that is mentioned in retrictions. The last time it went mandatory in an emergency a few years ago parts of the city began running out of water because some people weren't following the restrictions.

  • kempnergal posted at 8:45 pm on Fri, Feb 17, 2017.

    kempnergal Posts: 52

    Ok I get all of this but restriction businesses to serve water is a bit much. what will become of making coffee or ice tea and such being made to serve customers or in cooking of food and such. Can these folks give water to their pets or if seen will they be fined? Wonder what will come next? no toilet flushing nor bathing etc?