After 9 days without potable drinking water, Killeen residents could see the remaining boil-water notice lifted as early as noon Friday, officials said Thursday.

The boil-water notice for the eastern portion of Killeen, encompassing about 35,000 residences, was lifted early Thursday, officials said.

“Those locations have been released, and, again, it’s about 35,000 (households) who have been affected by that lifting of the boil-water notice,” Killeen Executive Director of Public Works Jeffery Reynolds said during a news conference Thursday at City Hall.

“We got all of our test samples at the lab right now for the upper pressure plane and airport pressure plane, those should be back tomorrow morning. If all is favorable with those, we’ll be releasing the rest of the city at that time,” Reynolds said.

The city divides the different water service areas in the city by what officials call “pressure planes.”

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One of the city of Killeen's six water pressure planes, pictured in green, on the eastern side of town was released from the ongoing boil-water notice which has been in effect since Oct. 19.

Reynolds said he expected to have water sample results by noon Friday.

“We look forward to that,” Reynolds said. “We’re all looking forward to getting beyond this, putting this behind us.”

Thursday morning, the city of Killeen posted a link to the city’s pressure plane map showing the eastern portion of Killeen — those living in the Lower Pressure Plane — to be released from the city’s boil-water notice.

“TCEQ confirms water test results are acceptable in portions of Killeen,” the city said in a news release Thursday.

The new map can be accessed at http://www.killeentexas.gov/294/Public-Works.

Residents living in the remaining pressure planes in Killeen have yet to be released from the ongoing boil-water notice, and should continue to boil water as directed.

Killeen has been under a citywide boil-water order since Oct. 19, when daily and quarterly testing showed low chlorine levels throughout the Killeen drinking water supply, city officials have said.

Some residents have questioned why city officials did not see the chlorine levels dropping in the days, or perhaps weeks, preceding Oct. 19. Despite repeated questions from the Herald, the city has not released daily test data on what the chlorine levels were in the days prior to Oct. 19.

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra thanked city employees for their hard work during the ongoing boil-water notice and highlighted common questions he’s heard from residents.

“People ask me, ‘Mayor, who’s to blame for something like this,’” Segarra said. “Well, that’s hard to answer, because when we talk to WCID, the water that’s coming out of WCID is still the same water that we’ve been given and it’s still the same water that other cities get and yet other cities do not have to issue boil-water notices using the same water that comes out of WCID.

Segarra called the boil-water notice a “fluke situation” during Thursday’s news conference.

“I’m sure we’ll delve into it to make sure this does not happen again in the future, but if you ask me who’s to blame for it, I can tell you, really, at this point, there is no way to point a finger to a person,” Segarra said. “This is just a fluke situation that happens — what is the new word I learned? Nitrification. So, that is a word that happens when things like that happen.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nitrification, as TCEQ cited to be a factor at WCID-1, is a biological process that converts ammonia to nitrite and nitrite to nitrate.

High levels of nitrate in drinking water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can be dangerous to health, especially for the elderly, infants, and pregnant women.

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TimeToMove

The City of Killeen leadership and Killeen Executive Director of Public Works have watered down any attempt at an ownership of the Boil-Water Disaster for Killeen businesses and residence. In the past eight days, no one has been able to determine how the (only) general drinking water supply in Killeen was affected. The other nearby cities have shown no concerns or issues receiving water from the same supplier. The Killeen leadership would have everyone believe that some type of unexpected event occurred as an act of God and possibly could have occurred due to low water usage for a population of 153,095 residence. The Killeen Executive Director of Public Works said that it was most likely not to occur again in the future.

The city charter was founded in 1949. Killeen Executive Director of Public Works said recently that this event has never occurred before and that he is relying on guide books to help him manage this situation. Just like the water on tap, this information is hard to swallow. If the cause was due to low water usage, it would be more plausible for this event to have occurred in the winter months. During the summer, businesses and residence water lawns, wash vehicles more often, and drink more water due to heat. The notion that it was unforeseeable and could reoccur again at any moment means that NO ONE WAS MINDING THE STORE and became lax on their responsibilities.

The blame was pointed in the direction of WCID, supplier of filtered water to the city of Killeen. This information is also untrue, as they have check and balance measurements of water that leaves their plant. Fact proven that other nearby cities had no issues with received water supply from WCID. It would be up to someone (yes, one person or a group of people who are responsible for receiving the water supply and in turn sending the drinking water supply out to Killeen for consumption) to ensure general consumable water is safe. Rather than finger point outward, the City of Killeen Council and Killeen Executive Director of Public Works are totally responsible.

Kenlwilkerson

Thanks for figuring all that out. Your logic infers that the council and PW actually wanted or caused this issue to occur. Makes sense. Who wouldn’t want to cause a crisis that allows people with wild conspiracy theories to come up with them about? If only we had people sitting on the council like you. This would have never happened, or at least we would have had someone to turn to and know exactly what happened and how to fix it. Darn it. You have to run next May. We absolutely need you.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

In a world of propaganda, the truth is always a conspiracy.

Kenlwilkerson

Yep. Says the conspiracy theorist

Alvin

Copy: 'Frustrations boil over for Killeen, WCID No. 1; entities point fingers over water safety'

Copy: '“We got all of our test samples at the lab right now for the upper pressure plane and airport pressure plane, those should be back tomorrow morning. If all is favorable with those, we’ll be releasing the rest of the city at that time,” Reynolds said.' End of copy.

Why don't you use the terminology of ' We've got our barometric pressures, points of equal pressure, sorted so that they are on a given plane'. You've got your lower pressure radians and your upper pressure radians all of equal pressure.

Copy: 'Reynolds said he expected to have water sample results by noon Friday.

“We look forward to that,” Reynolds said. “We’re all looking forward to getting beyond this, putting this behind us.” End of copy.

I'm sure that he will be glad to get this behind him, but I don't think it will be soon.

Copy: 'Some residents have questioned why city officials did not see the chlorine levels dropping in the days, or perhaps weeks, preceding Oct. 19. Despite repeated questions from the Herald, the city has not released daily test data on what the chlorine levels were in the days prior to Oct. 19.

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra thanked city employees for their hard work during the ongoing boil-water notice and highlighted common questions he’s heard from residents.

“People ask me, ‘Mayor, who’s to blame for something like this,’” Segarra said. “Well, that’s hard to answer, because when we talk to WCID, the water that’s coming out of WCID is still the same water that we’ve been given and it’s still the same water that other cities get and yet other cities do not have to issue boil-water notices using the same water that comes out of WCID.

Segarra called the boil-water notice a “fluke situation” during Thursday’s news conference. End of copy.

Did you see his nose growing during the latest exchange? I thought I saw a twich in his nasal structure. But all kidding aside, with the goings on that have brought this city to it's knees, and the fact that the wealth of information that has been presented, he has to know what is going on or he has just pulled the greatest swindle in recent years. For him to say that the water going out from WCID-1 is basically the same quality of water that is going to every city that is using this water and he just doesn't seem to realize is going on, well if that is the case then I personally believe that we elected the wrong man.

Copy: 'During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra thanked city employees for their hard work during the ongoing boil-water notice and highlighted common questions he’s heard from residents.

“People ask me, ‘Mayor, who’s to blame for something like this,’” Segarra said. “Well, that’s hard to answer, because when we talk to WCID, the water that’s coming out of WCID is still the same water that we’ve been given and it’s still the same water that other cities get and yet other cities do not have to issue boil-water notices using the same water that comes out of WCID.

Segarra called the boil-water notice a “fluke situation” during Thursday’s news conference.' End of copy.

Again, if you don't know who is to point to for this is a charade and it has been perpetuated on all of us. Just look at the sample sheets, if they exist anymore, and the sample results and you will who t blame. The point is, 'how far up the chain of command will you have to go to find all of the culprits that are guilty. You know this affected each and every one of us to varying degrees.

Copy: “I’m sure we’ll delve into it to make sure this does not happen again in the future, but if you ask me who’s to blame for it, I can tell you, really, at this point, there is no way to point a finger to a person,” Segarra said. “This is just a fluke situation that happens — what is the new word I learned? Nitrification. So, that is a word that happens when things like that happen.” End of copy.

Oh, but there is but the question is, 'are you man enough to point out the individual (s) and say 'you are fired' as I believe 'this is a firing reason.

Copy: 'High levels of nitrate in drinking water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can be dangerous to health, especially for the elderly, infants, and pregnant women.' End of copy.

Well there has been much discussion on the subject of nitrification and the results of which can be it forms a biofilm on the inner walls of the transmission pipe and that film results in depleted residual chlorine counts. And that causes an increase in bacteria count which may cause danger to elderly, infants and pregnant women. All of can be caused by the length of pipe and the residual time the chlorinated water is in the piping system which would seem to say that if Killeen, Texas and Copperus Cove are on the tail end of the transmission system and Copperus Cove has chlorine injection while Killeen, Texas does not and Killeen, Texas was the one that was affected by counts of nitrification, then it is my personal opinion that I would have to say that the one who catches and runs the samples is the guilty parties regardless of how many that comprises. It is my opinion that 'these things just don't happen without due course.

Now the City of Killeen, Texas has already started the ball rolling by purchasing the chlorine injection equipment, but that might not be the end of the story and I'm pretty sure that none of us will get the whole story because 'that's just not the way Killeen, Texas operates as they prefer to 'keep secrets from the citizens.

Kenlwilkerson

What?! Lol

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

"Posing as benevolent government 'servants' they have graciously offered to guide us through the complex social and scientific issues associated with each objective. We naively let them. We're just now beginning to see that the course they've charted does not lead to the destination we were promised. It leads to a loss of self-governance -- also known as tyranny."

"For the left, our noble initiatives were never about solving problems. They were a means to impose more control over the citizenry. We entrusted them with power and they abused it in an attempt to replace the America as founded with a mythical socialist utopia."

Kenlwilkerson

Run for office. I’d vote for you.

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