KILLEEN (April 10, 2013)—Killeen residents may have to use less water on certain days or officials may have to find another water treatment facility if demand for water continues to rise.
The demand for water could reach a point that would require the city to start planning for additional water treatment capacity.
Killeen's water is now treated by Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 on Lake Belton.
Once water use reaches a threshold of 85 percent of capacity, a plan to increase treatment capacity must be presented to the Texas Commission on Environmental Equality.
"Our water treatment capacity and those peak day demands could be cured, if necessary, with some water rationing during the hottest days of the summer because that's where the bulk of water is going on the lawns," Mayor Dan Corbin said.
But Randa Daude, a Killeen resident and owner of Oma's Garten Pflanzen, said the city should have been more conservative in its water use years ago.
"So far the city of Killeen has been what I'd consider a little bit negligent by not putting in stricter water controls in the summertime," Daude said.
Corbin said although the city has plenty of water right now, he expects the 85 percent capacity could be reached during the hot days this summer.
"There's no imminent danger, but we need to be prudent and plan for the future," Corbin said.
Officials will continue to meet for the next few months until a solution is found.