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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gravity Fed Water System {Uh-Oh}…

40 degrees - 12:29 pm - raining...

We Have Water – Well, Kinda…

Before the winter storm hit, Tony was able to get the intake line for the gravity fed water system laid out.  The only thing he has left to do now is a small bit of plumbing at the source end and then he can hook it up the house.  The last few steps have been delayed due to the weather.

Yesterday we topped out at 40” of snow.  The falling flakes then turned to heavy rain, which is still coming down hard.  We have had over 2 inches of rain since yesterday turning the blown off driveway into a big slushy mess.

All of the rain and snow melt are now causing the streams, creeks and rivers to swell.  Basically the water table on the mountain has seriously risen, which caused an ‘uh-oh’…

Last night Tony went out to turn off the generator but instead found water squirting everywhere.  The water pipe, which had been taped off so dirt and whatnot couldn’t get in, had sprung a leak! 



What?  The water pipe isn’t even completely hooked up at the source end yet!?!?  Apparently due to the drastic increase of water on the mountain, the missing parts were not needed to fill the holding tank which then filled the 1,000 or so feet of pipe to the house, in addition to having the overflow pouring out water, and have the pipe at the house squirting like crazy.

What a day…

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