Thursday, December 14, 2006

When the Spigot Runs Dry

Turned on the faucet yet this morning?
If not, be prepared for a big disappointment.

The doom and gloomer environmentalists have been telling us for years that we were going to run out of water. This morning Island residents are getting a hint of what that might feel like.

The water district put notes on everyone's door informing us that the water would be off between the hours of and 6 AM. But now it is nearly 8 and it is still not back on. The only reason I have coffee is that I keep gallon jugs of reverse osmosis water for the fish tank.

I already hear rumors of restaurants being closed and Circle K's being coffee-free this morning. How long before widespread panic sets in?

Update 8:12 - I was just (unofficialy) informed that the water would be turned back on in 15 minutes



Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least this one was well advertised. I have an appreciation for how hard it is to do underground work so a couple of hours was OK (I wonder if everyone flushed at exactly 8:35!).

What bothers me is when the construction crews tear up the water lines, unnanounced. I complained after the third time and the water district and town acted like it was no big deal, like "manana" was OK. Maybe I should have called the TCEQ instead...

4:46 PM  
Blogger MLeahy said...

I hate it when this happens! Yes, it happens in San Antonio as well. As to the doom and gloom Democratic party, they might actually help with this. it will probably cost several hundred million dollars to implement an alternative/supplimental water supply for the city. The Democrats are great at increasing taxes which is the only way it is going to get funded.

The last time I was on the Island I recall that the tap water did not taste very good at all, in fact I woulg say that it was over chlorinated. I am sure that many conscious residents have a supply of bottled water that hopefully eased the pain until 8:35 A.M. From what I have seen not much gets going by that time anyway, especially this time of year, thank goodness (Thank God for those not too self important).

Anyway best of luck to all of us in potable water sensitive areas.

Regards- MLeahy

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So why was the water turned off? "Construction crews"? "Ran out of water," as the "environmentalists warned," or what?

11:17 PM  
Blogger Lucinda said...

I believe it had something to do with the median they are building down the middle of Padre Blvd. which also involved trying to solve some drainage issues that road has after heavy rains.

6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, to upgrade the drainage at the median project (a constant source of flooding & aggravation in the past), the water main to a good part of the Island had to be turned off and re-located, and then re-attached again. Then connection had to be inspected and then the water lines had to be flushed. It is quite a dance!

8:43 AM  

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