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Terry's Tips

No time for an in-depth this week - working at our conference in Layton at the Davis covention Center. If you've attended our conference in the past, then you know what great trainings, the opportunity to network with other system personnel, water/wastewater system suppliers, and the last, but certainly not least, regulators with the Division of Water Quality, they provide.
If attendance is not on your calendar for this next year- we'd like to extend an invite and would love to see you there!

A big thank you to all who came and were involved in making our 2017 Fall Conference a success! We are grateful for the participation and help from everyone who made it possible! See you all next year!

Hurricane Harvey Epilogue

The Texas Rural Water Association dispatched five generators in the field last week and reported on Wednesday that after a couple of days in the Corpus Christi area visiting several systems and offering assistance, the field staff was heading toward Victoria where operations will be based at the Quail Creek Special Utility District. From there, Circuit Riders will be reaching out to systems in that area and to the north and east of Houston to see if there are any needs we can assist with. Generators were delivered to Cape Carancahua WSC (368 connections) and Nueces Water Control & Improvement District #4 (3880 connections). Holiday Beach Water Supply Corporation (WSC) (700 connections) requested assistance with leaks caused by power poles lifting and breaking the water lines. They requested a two-man crew with a machine to help repair lines and another two man crew to help with locating and turning off meters that are running to damaged homes along with materials to do the work as they do not have any overstock. TRWA’s Rural Water Emergency Assistance Cooperative received many offers from non-impacted systems to provide manpower and equipment to systems in need. TRWA reported that water systems were better prepared for a major storm than they were 8-9 years ago.

On Tuesday, the Louisiana Rural Water Association reported that Circuit Riders who were out helping locate leaks and water systems in the southwest part of the state were getting heavy rain with some flooding in low lying areas of Cameron, Vermillion and Calcasieu parishes - with mandatory evacuations in Cameron Parish. LRWA reported that utilities are holding their own and there had not be any major problems.

The entire city of Beaumont has lost access to clean water after it lost power at its main pump station along the Neches River and from its secondary source of well water in an adjacent county ( PBS Newshour ).

A Texas state agency issued a list of communities under boil order ( TCEQ ).

Mike Keegan

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