KEMP (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s day two of no water service for residents in one North Texas city.
The excessive heat has taken a toll on water lines in the City of Kemp. In order to make repairs and refill two water towers there the water has been cut off.
“With the drought being so bad, it’s causing so much problems within our water facilities… the ground moving, the ground shifting, has caused numerous, numerous of water line breaks for us,” explained Kemp Mayor Donald Kile.
In less than three weeks, there have been 14 major water line breaks in Kemp, but the mayor says things weren’t perfect before. “Some of the problem is we’ve just got some outdated water lines and we do. It’s not a surprise to anybody here in the city.”
With all the pipe bursts, Kemp lost approximately 2,000,000 gallons of water.
According to Mayor Kile, workers are busy making repairs and trying to refill the water towers. “We are in the process of getting the water back up and back going by 4 o’clock tomorrow [Tuesday] afternoon,” he said.
The mayor went on to stress that getting the water on was the responsibility of the city, keeping it on would require help from residents. “When we get the water back up we are asking everybody to be very conservative with the water,” urged Kile. “Don’t be foolish with it, because if people are foolish with the water we’re gonna be back in the same situation we are in right now and it’s just gonna prolong the situation even more.”
As it stands residents can go to Kemp City Hall, 24 hours a day, to pick up bottled water and non-potable water for flushing toilets and doing chores.
The mayor is also asking for bottled water donations at city hall, located at 304 S. Main Street.
Kemp is about 50 miles southeast of Dallas.