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New Water Meters Are Being Installed

PWSD No. 12 will begin changing out all water meters in our District beginning in late June.  Our current meters are at, or past, their life expectancy for accurate readings.  The new meters will have a slightly larger sensor on the lid than the current ones, so please use caution when mowing or plowing snow.

Our new meters will be read electronically, from one of our trucks, and will retain hourly reads for 90 days.  This will assist us in identifying customers' leaks and high usage.

The change-out will typically take between five and ten minutes per customer and could possibly result in cloudy water for a few moments. Please let your water run for a short time to purge any air from...

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50 Inches of Rain

50 Inches of Rain

Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to tropical depression Harvey, dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of the Texas coast this week. This epic storm has wreaked havoc on a large swath of the southwest and left destruction and devastation in its wake. When a large low pressure system moving in from the sea runs smack dab into a high pressure system over the coast, it’s a recipe for a natural disaster. Counter-clockwise circulating air vacuums up moisture from the Gulf, and all that warm, moist air rising up must eventually come down. And come down it did. “Harvey came inland about 200 miles south of Houston, and the outer rain bands pushed into Houston on Saturday. . . Houston lies a few dozen feet above sea level, and during normal rainfall residential yards drain into streets, streets drain into bayous, and bayous carry water into Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

But this was not normal rainfall; it was extreme tropical rainfall. Meteorologists measure rainfall rates in inches per hour at a given location. A rainfall rate of 0.5 inches per hour is heavy, while anything above 2.0 inches per hour is intense (you'd probably stop your car on a highway, pull over, and wait out the passing storm). [In the Houston area], from 11pm to 1am that night, 10.6 inches of rain fell, about as much rainfall as New York City gets from October through December. That happened in two hours.   Ars Technica

 

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