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Continue to drip faucets - fast drip, no stream

Please continue to protect your pipes with a fast drip of water, not a stream, this evening. Please continue to avoid non-essential water use until tomorrow - no laundry or washing dishes, wait until tomorrow to shower if you can! 

After a long, cold effort by our water operator and resident helpers, we do have enough water service currently to facilitate dripping faucets. Mr. Townsend, the water operator, will be replacing a meter on the South Well tomorrow, and I will let you all know when it is safe to resume full water use. We need to conserve as much as possible just to be sure that we don't end up without any water at all. 

If you have a leak or broken pipe, please contact me to turn off your water at the street to preserve the water supply. Here is some helpful information from Traveler's Insurance (with edits by me) as we begin to finish out this crazy storm:
 
DAMAGE FROM FROZEN PIPES
 
After your pipes freeze, they are in danger of bursting. Here's what you can do now to help prevent water damage to your property.
 
 
Locate and close the main water shutoff valve as soon as possible and before temperatures rise above freezing. (Call me if you need help turning off your water) 
 
Inspect pipes for damage, including those in attics and crawl spaces, where it is safe to do so.
 
As temperatures increase above freezing, watch and listen for signs of water leaks.
 
If a pipe is leaking, do not turn on the water at the street - or turn it off if it is on. Once your water is off at the street, open all faucets including those outside to drain remaining water from pipes - call a licensed plumber for repairs.
 
If no leaks are detected, turn water back on slowly at the street. Continue to check for leaks before turning water on completely.
 
You can safely warm pipes but never use torches or heat guns to facilitate thawing as these can create fire hazards.


Also, I have received reports of discolored water. Calcium and iron (rust) is sometimes knocked loose when we open or close the water lines as we have had to do today and on Monday. Our water is being monitored for quality, and it is safe.  We do not project that there will be any need to boil. When it is safe to use water freely, the sediment should be easily flushed from your lines by running the water.

Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions. You will not be a bother! :) I'm here to help.  

HUGE "Thank you!" to Byron Townsend and his grandson Daniel, Mark Hartley, Reed Boyd, and Mayor Molly Quirk for their hard work this evening to keep us safe and hydrated tomorrow! 

Rebecca Howe
City Administrator
Village of San Leanna
P.O. Box 1107
Manchaca, TX 78652
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