February 3, 2011 by USA Post
Tucson Water, Weather touched the water services in Tucson, thousands of people around Tucson and southern Arizona are without water this morning – Tucson Water has 90 employees working to restore service. Tucson Water could not confirm the exact number of customers affected, or the limits of the affected area. According to Fernando Molina, Public Information Officer for Tucson Water, the extreme cold caused electronic control instrumentation to the tank and other sites point to default, automatically shut down the pumps. However, water may also be due to freezing pipes on the properties of the residents themselves. If you are without water, Tucson recommends opening water one of your faucets, then thaw your pipes to see if the problem is on your property, or one of Tucson Water facilities.
Metro also confirmed that the water of at least 50 residents on the northwest side is also without water. Freezing temperatures gripping Tucson are affecting water service throughout the service area of the water. A spokesman for Tucson Water says the extreme cold has led to dysfunction of the machines and stop the pumps at reservoir sites and various extra. KOLD-TV reports more than 1,000 businesses and homes were affected during the early hours of Thursday morning. Work teams were sent to restore electronic control systems to restore water services in affected areas, including the Corona de Tucson Diamond Bell Ranch.
Crews were out all night, but so far none of these incidents were the result of frozen water pipes at all installations of Tucson Water.
The cold has descended on the Phoenix area again on Thursday and expected to remain below normal until Friday afternoon.
Sky Harbor International Airport recorded a morning low of 30 degrees, 6 degrees higher than from Deer Valley Airport, north of Phoenix, where the morning low was 24, making it the coldest place in the valley. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook Thursday for the Greater Phoenix because of dangerously cold temperatures. Temperatures should reach the mid 40′s Thursday afternoon, but the combination of dry air and clear skies will allow temperatures to drop below freezing Thursday night with a hard freeze warning in effect until 10 am on Friday. Plumbers are faced with hundreds of calls from homeowners who need repairs on pipes and furnaces. Daryl Bingham George Brazil Services in Phoenix said the company has received hundreds of calls Thursday morning. He said they are struggling to cope with the demand for reparations. Most problems come from furnaces rupture and sudden pressure pipes that broke out in the cold. Bingham said the areas with the most problems are north of the valley of Queen Creek, Avondale and Sun City. Phoenix Water Services Department reported no major problems with water pipes. Flagstaff temperatures dropped to 2 degrees Thursday morning and will remain around freezing for the day. Window Rock, Arizona, in the north, had a morning low of -23 degrees, making it the coldest place in the state. A morning low of 20 in Tucson coincided with the malfunctioning machines in the water because of freezing temperatures, leaving more than 1,000 businesses and residents in outlying areas without water. Water crews worked to restore Tucson service.
Tucson Unified School District has closed two of its elementary schools Thursday because of freezing temperatures left school with no water or heat. Students in primary and elementary Lynn Schumaker Urquidez were taken by their parents or taken to other schools for the day. There was no word on how long it takes to repair.
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