Water main repaired, but Fort Hood still mission-essential status
By JENNIFER HLAD | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 14, 2014
The water line that closed Fort Hood to all but mission essential workers Monday has been repaired, but soldiers and families on post are still being asked to conserve water and boil it before drinking, officials said.
Officials closed most of the base and sent trucks full of drinking water to housing areas at Fort Hood after a construction worker hit the main water line off base, interrupting the supply to Fort Hood, as well as the local communities of Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove, Texas.
Personnel at Fort Hood and in the surrounding communities were asked to begin emergency water conservation efforts Sunday morning when the water line was interrupted. At first, customers were asked to only use water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene — curtailing car washing, washing cars and other water use — until the interruption was fixed.
However, Fort Hood fitness centers closed their showers Sunday afternoon, and senior commanders announced Sunday evening that outpatient services at the post’s hospital would be canceled and rescheduled, all child development centers would be closed, and only essential personnel should report to work Monday.
On Monday morning, the post’s water supplier issued a boil-water alert for all Fort Hood housing areas and the majority of the post, including the hospital. Soon after that advisory was posted, base officials said they were sending trucks full of potable water to the living areas for soldiers and families to drink.
Though the break has been repaired, officials said water service will be restored incrementally across the base, and some areas may have low water pressure or no water service at all until late Monday or early Tuesday. All customers are being asked to continue to conserve water, and officials said the boil water advisory is expected to remain in effect until at least Wednesday morning.