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Residents will be notified when the water restrictions are rescinded.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.
Questions or concerns about Copperas Cove water restrictions may be directed to:
Kevin Keller, public information officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-547-4221.
Michael Cleghorn, public works director, at email@example.com or 254-547-0751.
Daniel Hawbecker, water superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-547-2416.