Water Utilities



David Hackley, Water Utilities Superintendent


Mr. Hackley began his municipal career while attending the University of Texas at Arlington, working for the City of Garland as a lab technician and wastewater plant operator from 1970 until 1977. He moved to the Kilgore-Longview area in 1977 to work as a lab technician for the Stroh’s Brewery. After leaving the municipal business for a brief time, he came to work for the City of Kilgore in 1986 as the Chief Operator at the wastewater treatment plant, the Water Department Chemist, and the Pollution Abatement Officer. He became Assistant Water Utilities Superintendent in 1995. He served in that capacity until 2005, when he was named Water Utilities Superintendent.

Mr. Hackley holds Texas Class 'A' operator’s licenses as a water treatment plant operator and a wastewater treatment operator, the highest level of licensing available. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, the American Water Works Association, and the Texas Water Utilities Association, having served as an officer at the local, regional and state level. He has received several awards from the Texas Water Utilities Association, including the W.T. “Doc” Ballard Meritorious Service Award in 2001, the most prestigious award given by the organization. He also received the William D. Hatfield Award in 2000 for outstanding performance and professionalism in the operation of a wastewater treatment facility from the Water Environment Federation, a national utility organization.

Mission Statement:

To provide the citizens of Kilgore with an adequate supply of safe potable water, proper treatment of the wastewater, and to operate and maintain the water department facilities in an efficient, affordable and effective manner.


About our Department:                                            

  • Supply potable drinking water for consumption, irrigation, and fire protection from surface water treatment plant and water wells
  • Proper wastewater treatment
  • Maintain and repair water and sewer lines
  • Billing and Accounting
  • Monitor and treat water in public swimming pool.


Helpful Links:


Engineering Design Manual


Water Treatment Plant

Wastewater Treatment Plant