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When things get dark, municipalities get busy!

Friday, August 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bryan Phinney
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Eastern Idaho water systems are bracing for an anticipated influx of eclipse watchers. This phenomenon has caused quite a stir as cities prepare for significant numbers of people that will tax their infrastructure. No one is better suited to tackle this challenge than a water department. It is really impressive how well our water systems have prepared for this event. Months ago, you could hear the buzz about the eclipse and what impacts it could have on our cities. As blue-ribbon committees were formed to think about how to best represent our area to the world of eclipse watchers, our water systems put their minds to the task of making sure no one goes thirsty.

 

This quiet can-do approach to hosting a few thousand extra house guests really highlights how the water industry takes on challenges. There hasn’t been a lot of fanfare for this planning process. These professionals have picked up the extra work in stride and continued producing the one resource we can’t live without, clean and pure tap water. Hats off to our water departments for their ability to adapt and meet the always changing challenges of tomorrow. I can think of a few leadership groups that could learn a thing or two by looking over the shoulder of an operator. We would like to invite those groups to come and join AWWA! We will be happy to visit with you about how our water systems survived the 2017 eclipse.


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