Friday, September 19, 2003

BAD NEWS: This is what the Washington Post is reporting on Fairfax County, the county I live in:

The Fairfax County Water Authority's three water treatment plants lost power, leaving the system with no more than 6 to 8 hours of clean water, some of which will be needed for firefighting. If power stays off for longer, customers on higher ground will start losing water pressure, followed by those in lower elevations.

"If we don't get power returned by daylight, the system will begin to deteriorate," said James Warfield Jr., executive officer of the Fairfax County Water Authority, said at 2 a.m. Friday morning. "More and more customers will start losing water."

If storage tanks go dry, Warfield said, there is the potential for backflow, where contaminants from residential plumbing enter the system.
Bad, bad news. And than there's this:
More than 700,000 electric customers in the Washington area had lost power, and scores of traffic lights had gone dark. The outages affected businesses as well as residences. The Washington Post lost power at its Springfield printing plant.


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