UPDATED: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:23am
Waco, Texas — Due to a water main break by a contractor connecting the new water tower, the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System has placed the Waco Campus on water conservation efforts.
“Our back-up infrastructure gives us about a four-day supply of water,” said Russell E. Lloyd, Acting Director for Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. “The contractor tells us the repair should be completed by Thursday, but we do have alternate plans to provide adequate water for the operation of the facility if the city connection is not restored.”
Employees are utilizing priorities for water usages. First priority is patient care wards and basic patient care needs followed by critical building equipment, other clinical activities, pharmacy, supply, and personnel.
On April 15, 2014, the contractor connecting the new water tower on the Waco Campus broke the City of Waco water main connection coming into the Campus. The contractor anticipated having the break repaired by 10 p.m. the same day but discovered another break that needed repairing and required a part to be ordered from Dallas.
As of April 16, 2014, the part has arrived, and completion of the repair is estimated for mid-day April 17, 2014.
The water from the tower is safe for consumption and is estimated to provide a four-day supply of water.
In case the repair takes longer than anticipated, bottled water has been staged to further help conserve water and Fort Hood is on standby to truck in water to fill the tower.