Posted 2/23/2021 11:11 (#8852932 - in reply to #8852162) Subject: RE: Question for Texans
North central TX
caleb2684 - 2/22/2021 22:57
Every water meter I’ve ever seen in Tx has a shutoff put in by the municipality with a loop to place a look in it. Every Home Depot or hardware store has the tool made of rebar to shut off the valve without reaching your hand down into the meter box. That’s a no no in Tx. SNAKES!!!! And scorpions, ants, cats etc. So to answer your question I’d say 50% were people that had left, 40% were people that had no clue and 10% had their water stop with power out and were stuck with a decision to make.
I’m one of the fortunate ones that only froze the hose bib at the horse trough and never lost power or water. Oh and even though our electric coop sucks our rate is fixed. It’s going to be a fun year I can tell already. At least Covid is starting to calm down a bit.
I'm gonna say, based on my actual experience at work last week, that you way underestimate the number of people with absolutely no clue. I'd guess maybe 20% or less had left, 5% had the water go out with power and the rest fall into the other category. Although, there were a bunch of those who lived in apartments who wouldn't know where, or have access to the valves to turn off their water.
MOST of those apartments that flooded were due to the fire sprinkler systems though. There is a serious problem down here with builders not insulating piping or void spaces that those pipes run through. So every time we have an extended cold spell we are chasing burst pipe calls and shutting off water for a couple days.