Welcome to Bell County Water Control & Improvement District No. 1
The Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (BCWCID1), which provides wholesale water service to the cities of: Belton, Copperas Cove, Killeen, Harker Heights as well as Bell County WCID 3 (Nolanville), 439 Water Supply Corporation and the Fort Cavazos Military Reservation, will temporarily convert the disinfectant in its water treatment process from chloramines to free chlorine. The conversion is scheduled to take place February 1st through February 29th, 2024. This annual conversion to be conducted is routine maintenance for the water transmission and delivery systems. Free chlorine conversion is an accepted and recommended step by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to help maintain water quality and minimize nitrification. During this period, you may experience taste and odor changes associated with the type of temporary disinfectant conversion.
Disinfection is a critical part of the water treatment process that keeps drinking water free of harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses. Disinfection involves a two-step process that first treats the water at the treatment plant and then chloramine disinfectant (chlorine + ammonia) is added to maintain water quality. During the temporary change, BCWCID1 will suspend adding ammonia and use free chlorine to keep water disinfected as it travels through pipes.
BCWCID1 is coordinating with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) staff and local entities to implement a temporary disinfectant conversion to free chlorine to maintain the system and water quality. BCWCID1 continues to meet safe drinking water standards earning recognition from TCEQ as a Superior Public Water System. The annual water quality reports are posted online at www.wcid1.org.
If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact Ricky Garrett at 254-501-9243.
October 5, 2023
Fort Cavazos Aquifer Storage & Recovery Feasibility Study A Source Water Resiliency Project
The words “water supply” have a heightened urgency for a lot of people living in the Heart of Texas, or Central Texas. State and local water suppliers are double checking water use projections and keeping an eye out for new supply opportunities.
One supply opportunity, Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR) is being explored in West Bell County just south of Lake Belton on the Fort Cavazos Military Reservation. According to the United States Geological Service “Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) is a water resources management technique for actively storing water underground during wet periods for recovery when needed, usually during dry periods. The timeframe can range from months to decades.” In this case, treated or potable water would be injected into the most suitable aquifer in the test area during times when water is plentiful. Unlike with large lakes, there will be no loss of stored water due to evaporation or sedimentation. Natural disasters such as extreme freeze events or tornados can impact a water supply system. Having potable water stored and available would enable the owner to use that water during a natural disaster to meet their needs. Additionally, an intense drought such as the one we’re in can result in curtailed surface water usage to preserve lake supplies. Having additional water stored can minimize the impact of curtailments.
Thanks to the generous contributions from several supporters in the region including; the Killeen Economic Development Corporation, the Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District, the City of Harker Heights, the City of Copperas Cove and the Bell County Water Control & Improvement District #1 (WCID 1), the necessary funding is in place to conduct the well drilling and geological study necessary to assess the feasibility for moving forward with a successful resiliency project. INTERA Incorporated has been selected to perform the viability testing and work directly with the well driller to acquire the necessary geological data.
August 2, 2023
Stage 2 Drought Warning Declaration
For Lake Belton
On August 1, 2023 Bell County Water Control & Improvement District #1 (WCID 1), along with the other entities drawing water supply from Lake Belton were notified by the Brazos River Authority that Stage 2 Drought Warning is going into effect. Stage 2 targets a 10% reduction in water usage from usage that would occur in the absence of drought measures. This declaration has been expected with the extreme drought conditions we’re experiencing in the Central Texas area for both Lake Belton and Lake Stillhouse. For more information regarding the Brazos River Authority Drought Contingency Plan visit their website at www.Brazos.org.
While Water Conservation is always important, it has become essential for those that depend on Lake Belton or Lake Stillhouse for water supply. Please watch for notifications that will be forthcoming from your retail water provider as each entity has developed steps unique to their customers within their Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plans.
WCID 1 provides wholesale water service to the cities of; Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Nolanville (WCID 3) and Belton along with Fort Cavazos and 439 Water Supply Corporation. For information regarding the WCID 1 Water Conservation and Drought Contingency plan please visit www.wcid1.org.
The agendafor the Board of Directors Meeting on February 28, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. is now avaiable.
Click herefor the presentations from the Annual Water Conservation and Planning Meeting on February 7th.
Please check out our elections page for updated information regarding the November 2024 elections.
"EPA proposes national drinking water standard for PFAS". See more information underIndustry Newstab.
Important monthly Drought Watch Updates. Click here to view on the Drought Watch page.
Please clickherefor more details about the backup generation project for the Belton Water Plant.
Please check out our Capital Projectstab for more information on proposed, upcoming and current Bell County WCID No. 1 projects.
The compost facility now offers bags of BioLoam and BioSelect and will be available for pickup only. Please visit www.compostfacility.orgfor more information.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality water and service to our customers at an affordable rate, to promote a positive attitude and stewardship towards water conservation and support public outreach and education concerning water resources for future use.
**The City of Killeen is responsible for water and wastewater service and garbage collection for properties located in Killeen. Please click here for more information.**