Belton not affected by power outage in Temple
Sunday, 22 July 2012 by Matthew Girard
Despite the City of Temple being forced into mandatory water restrictions because of Sunday's storm downing a transformer at the 50-year-old water plant, the City of Belton wasn't effected but was on hand ready to assist in an emergency.
Some 22,000 water customers and a number of businesses were forced to turn off their faucets after lightning blew a transformer.
Because of the power outage, the City of Temple staff instituted Stage 3 Water Conversation measures, which restricted residents from any outside water use and a boil water notice.
"I was in communication with the Temple City Manager making sure of any emergency needs they may have had," Belton City Manager Sam Listi said. "We were there to help out with any fire service or emergency needs. They did a great job of handling it and we were standing by to help in any way we could."
By 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Temple water system had recovered from the loss of power and the city instituted Stage 1 Water Conversation measures. The city finally lifted the boil water notice at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday after water test results indicated there were no contaminants in the system's water.