Let it rain
Suddenly, on Tuesday, the wind kicked up and in swirls along Main Street, rippling the awnings, signs and potted flora. Dead leaves from parched trees and bushes and all kinds of other debris got kicked up. A crape myrtle in front of the Bank of America building lost a good-sized branch. Then there cut loose a downpour of what old-timers around here used to call â€œrain.â€
Seriously. If it seems like a long time since an actual front with actual widely scattered rain crossed through, thatâ€™s because it has been a while â€” since July 17. Precipitation since then has been spotty indeed and thereâ€™s a kind of jealousy after afternoon popup storms between those getting a smattering and those who saw a soaking.
Until last Tuesday, there was not a drop recorded on the official books for August.
Gallons of water used per day â€” measured in the millions by the Orange Water and Sewer Authority â€” has gone up from 9.3 in the last week of July to 11.3 million gallons this week. On Tuesday, we used more than 12 million gallons from the reservoirs.
So far, the reservoirs are holding, but the OWASA board is meeting tonight (Thursday) to discuss further restrictions.
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