Happy St. Joseph’s Day

Today is the feast of St. Joseph. This is near and dear to me, because my middle name is Joseph. Christian tradition holds that St. Joseph was the foster father of Jesus. It also holds that he was a practicing carpenter, as denoted in the accompanying picture. The Roman Catholic Church has named him as the patron saint of workers.
I find an interesting contrast between this celebration and that of St. Patrick, two days ago. No parades. No corned beef meals. No wearing green. No urging to drink to excess. In fact, I would venture to guess that no one reading this blog knew it was St. Joseph’s Day at all.
I think this is exactly how St. Joseph likes it. By all accounts, he was an in-the-background, low-key guy. The epitome of reliability and trustworthiness. You could always count on Joseph, and he wouldn’t be hogging the spotlight.
To me, this is also what the average professional in the water/wastewater industry is like. The fact that our customers have come to expect 100% reliability from us is the best possible testimony to our dedication and performance. The fact that nobody really knows who we are is also powerful testimony to our professionalism. Quietly delivering what our customers need is in the best tradition of St. Joseph.
My sincere thanks once again to all of you. Keep up the good work!
In other news, the Lake Oroville storage is slowly increasing, but still is the lowest (for this date) that it has been in several years. Fortunately, our largest reservoir, the snow pack, is above average, but only slightly – as of the beginning of this month. On average, March is the third wettest month of the year, but it’s been a bit dry so far. And the ten-day forecast is for no rain in northern California. The April 1 snow pack numbers could be disappointing, as a result.
This year’s water supply is largely held in San Luis Reservoir. This reservoir is filled almost entirely by water pumped from the south end of the Sacramento River delta. It is currently at 80% capacity – but it is normally 89% full at this date. Pumping restrictions due to environmental concerns are the biggest reason for the shortage here.
So the water supply picture is not great. I wonder if St. Joseph could help us out?

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