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Posted on: January 23, 2022

Winter Weather Preparedness

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Before Winter Storm Uri—aka “Snovid”—hit Texas in February 2021, resiliency was something City of Hutto staff practiced. Now, it’s something we preach.

Resiliency is officially one of the City’s core values that played an important role in planning this year’s budget and staffing. From our facilities to our power supply to our communications, Hutto’s small-but-mighty teams have buckled down over the past several months to remain resilient. Over a half-million dollars was set aside this fiscal year for more generators and other equipment and supplies to help ensure Hutto can bounce back from the storms ahead.

IMG_8703The City of Hutto’s water system was one of few in the region that didn’t fail during Uri. Other providers of water for some Hutto residents did lose water, however, and many residents’ pipes froze. This reinforced the City of Hutto’s determination to not only become more water-independent in the coming years, but also to carefully protect the City-owned water system against future freezes.

Since then, the City equipped the vulnerable valves at all of our water facilities with heated coverings. The City is also developing back-up power sources for the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system that allows our Public Works crews to remotely monitor the status of water pumps and motors. A primary water facility, the Shiloh Lift Station, is up to three operating pumps compared to the single working pump that was available during Uri. In addition, City staff are in close contact with the other water providers who serve Hutto residents, to see what steps they can take to reduce risks in the future.

Less obvious than drinking water but equally critical to local quality of life is wastewater. While there was never a disruption to wastewater service in Hutto during last winter’s big storm, the City has taken steps to maintain that track record. Generators at Hutto wastewater facilities were evaluated to protect against power failures.

In faWater Service Providers (002)ct, power supply was a major theme in this year’s winterization efforts. The City upgraded all key facilities with generators, including City Hall, the police department and annex, public works shop, and at wastewater lift stations—as well as investing more in generator maintenance. Further, we took steps to ensure all of our communication tools were ready to go with or without WiFi or electrical power.  

Beyond the City’s own operations and facilities, Hutto staff worked year-round encouraging the community to prepare themselves for future safety issues and emergencies. We actively spread the word about the importance of everyone signing up for safety/emergency alerts with WarnCentralTexas.org. Leading up to the recent cold weather, we also educated our community about their respective water providers, in case they experienced any water pressure issues. And we reminded the public about pipe protection and the availability of our after-hours Public Works line in case of burst pipes.

Click here to learn about some of the top things residents can do to stay resilient in an emergency!  

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