Kilgore Water Leaks

City of Kilgore workers dig through the pavement to locate a broken water main on Montgomery Street Monday in Kilgore.

The City of Kilgore announced the end to a strict citywide water conservation order and a boil notice on Tuesday morning.

Water conservation had been mandated for all of Kilgore in the wake of damage caused by a record-breaking week-long winter storm last week. The subfreezing temperatures caused a large number of broken and damaged pipes in the city and at the well field where Kilgore draws its municipal water supply.

Residents were being urged to continue boiling all water used for human consumption until the city's water quality could be tested.

"This means you can get caught up on laundry, wash the salt off your car, and take a slightly longer shower. We should always practice water conservation, but the extraordinary conservation measures are over!" the city said in a note on Facebook.

In the post, the city also encouraged residents to wash their cars thoroughly, as the salt and sand mixture used to reduce slippery ice at city intersections can cause rust on vehicles if not washed off.

Citizens may experience discolored water, the city said, because water had settled in lines over the last week. Water can be cleared by flushing your home's lines.

"City crews will also be undertaking flushing over the next week to maintain water quality," the city said.

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