Memorial Day 2012

A few years ago, I had the privilege of visiting the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Today’s photo is from that visit.  This is a beautiful final resting place for 34,000 of our fallen veterans, whom we especially honor on this day.

Inscribed on a plaque in this cemetery are the following words from Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby, who lost five sons during the Civil War: “The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”  May the souls of these heroes rest in peace.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the Summer season, which presents special challenges for us in the water industry.  Higher flows are coming, so all our equipment needs to be ready to roll.   At least we’ll have a bit more water than we had expected, thanks to an increase in the allocation level for the California State Water Project.  See:

http://www.water.ca.gov/swpao/docs/notices/12-09.pdf

Higher flows mean lower pressures, at least during the daylight hours, so the hydraulic limitations of our distribution systems will be much more evident.  Pay special attention this Summer to your system pressure readings and to customer complaints of low pressure.  Your system may need some upgrades and, as a system Operator, you may be able to identify such needs before the engineers ever think about it.  Consider this to be part of your standing responsibilities as the eyes and ears — and the brains, hopefully! — of your water distribution system.

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