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Water Shut Off In Kemp To Conserve

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KEMP (AP) – Water conservation has been turned up a notch in one North Texas community: The water has been cut off.

Kemp Mayor Donald Kile says water was turned off to residents Sunday for 48 hours.

Two weeks ago, excessive heat caused the soil to shift, and the aging underground water pipes burst. About 2 million gallons of water leaked out. The city never caught up with the demand during the oppressive Texas heat wave and shut off the water to residents for two days to replenish its two water towers.

Meanwhile, the city is handing out bottled water, providing non-potable water to residents to flush toilets and conduct other chores.

Kemp, a town of about 1,150 people, is about 50 miles southeast of Dallas.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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