So far, so good
With what certainly appear to be a brief respite from 100-degree temperatures—it’s already been 108 this summer—Rockdale’s water system appears to be returning to its full capacity just in time.
Two of Rockdale’s four water wells went down earlier this year and it’s been a race between repairs and the megademand that’s sure to come with triple-digit readings in July and August.
It looks like Rockdale has won the race.
Repairs on both wells at H. H. Coffield Regional Airport have been complete and the wells are coming back on line.
Two wells at the city’s Texas Street facility kept pumping, supplying the water system.
Rockdale water customers can claim a big part of the victory. City officials asked residents to take it easy on the water use, voluntarily, during the repair process and the possibility of shortages until the system returned to almost full capacity
(“Almost” because the Airport Well casings are now smaller than they used to be and the pumping capacity will be somewhat less. Still, four wells is a lot better than two wells.)
No serious problems were reported during the extended period when the two wells were down. Certainly the potential for problems was there as heat rose and the demand for water increased.
Last year, during Rockdale’s hottest summer ever recorded, local residents were using 1.9 million gallons on an almost daily basis and some days the demand exceeded two million.
Of course, our hottest days are still ahead. It sure won’t hurt for Rockdale water customers to continue conserving water. So far, so good. Let’s keep it that way.—M.B.