Crews were working to restore power Sunday morning. (Temple Fire & Rescue photo)
TEMPLE (July 9, 2012)-As of 3:30 p.m. Monday the City of Temple’s water system has recovered from losing power over the weekend.
The city is now returning to stage 1 voluntary water conservation efforts.
A boil water notice will remain in effect until further notice.
City Staff will receive water sample results within the next 24 hours and will then provide an update to the situation.
The Temple Mayor's Office declared a water emergency Sunday morning, implemented mandatory water restrictions and ordered all businesses and commercial operations in the city to close because of a power outage at the city's water treatment plant, which means the city can't treat and supply water to the city.
"This is an emergency situation and all residents and visitors are required to follow the mandate of this declaration," the city said in a press release.
However, non-essential business can now open their doors to the public as long as they don't use water and or waste water from the city's water source.
By late morning, crews had replaced a transformer damaged when storms rumbled through Saturday evening and officials have said that a timeline for when the plant could be operational is unknown.
"However, there are still many steps to be completed to bring the water treatment plant back on line. A timeline cannot be provided as to when water service will resume," the city said in an update.
A major concern is that if residents don't comply, the supply of water now in the system could be depleted, leaving firefighters without water in the event a fire should break out.
Police officers and firefighters as well as other city officials were patrolling the city to advise residents about the declaration and to enforce the emergency orders.
Oncor says they restored power to the plant earlier this morning.
Updates will be provided on the city's website and Facebook page.
The city has activated its emergency operations center.
Residents should not call 911 to report that they don't have water service.
Residents with non-emergency situations or questions should call (254) 298-5611.