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Fort Hood Enters Emergency Stage 4 Water Conservation

The main gate at the Fort Hood Army Base. (credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

The main gate at the Fort Hood Army Base. (credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

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FORT HOOD (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Fort Hood is in Stage 4 Emergency Water Conservation as a result of an interruption to its main water supply. The base has urged customers to limit water use to “essential” activities.

That bans watering lawns, filling swimming pools, washing cars and other “non-essential” indoor and outdoor use.

Fort Hood said the water supply shortage has also affected the neighboring cities of Copperas Cove and Killeen.

The base said Bell County officials expect the interruption to be fixed by late Sunday.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a report last week that Bell County has been asking customers to voluntarily limit water use for nearly two years. The Texas state climatologist says the current drought affecting many parts of the state is the second-worst on record.

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