City waterline break!

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  1. Nakadnu

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    I live in a town with a population shy of 2,000 people. About 1 1/2 hours ago 6 city water mains broke putting 1/2 the town out of water and putting the rest under a "no water use request" until the City can get this fixed.
    As soon as we heard about it the wife went to the grocery store and stocked up on gallons, bottles and a couple 5 gallon jugs.
    I got the bathtub filling up and brought part of our bottled water stash in the house to use before using the new stuff.
    I asked the wife what it was like at the store kind of expecting it to be busy with people stocking up. But there were only 3 other people in there buying water. One person bought 2 cases of water and the other 2 had around 4 or 5 gallons.
    What supposedly brought this on was a water main broke a couple of days ago and the increase in pressure when they turned it back on caused the others to break. Our waterlines are in dire need of repair and their is actually work going on in town right now to do just that.
    I don't think it's over, this will most likely cause more issues down the road.
    It just reinforces the need to be prepared and the "Everything will be OK even if I do nothing" mentality of some people.
    Most people have no concept of just how much water they use in a 24 hour period.
     
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    It is smart to take some action immediately in situations like this. You might not have been able to get the water if you had waited.
     
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    I live in a old town also, and you're right. It's like a dog chasing it's tail, get one fixed and it goes to the next weakest link. joe
     
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    The industry average used to be 100 gallons per capita per day.
    This is for drinking baithing washing clothes etc.
    I believe that is higher now.
    So your small town averages 200k gallons per day.
    I remember the days repairing water breaks.
    Usually around 4am subzero temps and on a hillside. Not fun!!!!!
    Take the crews a cup of coffee and try to be understanding. They appriciate it..
    Been there
     
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    Water, like anything else is easy come easy go for most folks. I think as outdoorsmen and women we have a better idea of water usage due to carrying it around with us, working to find it, purifying it, ect.

    When all you have ever had to do for water is turn a nob, it makes it hard to appreciate and understand just how much water is needed and how important it really is.

    Most people in rural areas are more on the ball with preparedness, surprised there wasn't a black-friday style rush for the water.
     
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    Are you friends with anyone on a well?
    If so, I'd take over a nice gift...
     
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    I know several people with a well who would be willing to share. I also live on the edge of town about 100 yards from the milk river and 300 yards from an irrigation canal. :dblthumb:
     
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    Had the same thing happen to me roughly five years ago only I was out of the country and ended up with a couple inches of water in the basement that drained back from where the break was in the front yard. It was odd, the person that had the contract to maintain the water system in the Village, and who was the entity effectively who caused the rupture for not only my home but several others, was the first to ask about making the repairs for us (and not for free).
     
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    Ours happened late one night which just happened to be the night wife was taking the prep meds to empty out for a colonoscopy the next day. We found out when she couldn't flush.
    I have two 7 gallon containers of water I keep filled so I stuck one on top of the sink with a hose going into the toilet tank so I could refill the tank then let her flush.
     
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    I can't agree with this enough. The crew out there working on that main don't want to be dealing with a water main break anymore than you want to deal without having water.
     
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