Coryell County, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: The Gatesville Police and Fire Departments announced Friday morning that residents who receive their water from the City can return to the Stage 1 Drought Contingency Plan.

This comes after the City provided TCEQ with testing results on Gatesville water, and the Police Department posted on social media on July 28 that the water no longer requires boiling.

However, water conservation is still in effect – residents should continue to do their part to conserve water, as the water storage tanks throughout the regional water system are still being replenished.

This came after the Police Department posted on social media Tuesday night that there was an emergency repair at the City’s Water Treatment Plant.

The department says the TCEQ requires notification of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This notice includes Gatesville, Flat Water, Mountain Water, Fort Gates Water, The Grove Water, and Coryell City Water.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a rolling boil, and then boiled for two minutes.

This comes after the Gatesville Fire Department posted on social media on July 25 that due to a break in a major transmission line at the Gatesville Regional Water Plant, a Stage 3 Drought Emergency is in effect.

The department said that all customers who receive their water from Gatesville are impacted. Residents were urged to conserve water for the next 24 hours. The City Splash Pad is closed.

The Gatesville Fire Department said on July 26 that the Texas Division of Emergency Management has delivered bottled water to the City of Gatesville. The bottled water is available at the fire station, located at 109 S 23rd Street. If residents do stop by to pick up water, they should not park in front of the apparatus bays. Fire Department personnel will direct residents where to go. It is possible the department may be gone on an alarm, so residents should be patient if no one is readily available.

FOX 44 News received several calls about water being out at the Hughes Prison Unit in Gatesville. We reached out to the Texas Department of Corrections, which says it is true.

The TDC says water tankers, bottled water, ice, and portable toilets were brought in for inmates. They will remain until the water issue is fixed.

Outdoor watering and washing of vehicles is strictly prohibited, and violators are subject to a fine. Repair parts are on the way from Houston, and the department hopes things will be resolved as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can call Zeb Veazey at 254-499-0133.