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Crystal Clear Special Utility District’s mission is to serve as a provider of clean, reliable potable water to its customers at the lowest possible cost while ensuring that it meets both the customers current and future water needs. Learn More...

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BOARD MEETING DATES

All Crystal Clear Special Utility District (CCSUD) Board meetings have been moved to the fourth (4th) Thursday of each month beginning with the January 26, 2017 regular meeting.  The meetings begin at 6:30PM and are held in the Board Room at CCSUD located at 2370 FM 1979, San Marcos, Texas 78666. 

These board meetings are public meetings.  There is an item on the agenda for each board meeting where citizens and customers may address the Board, with a three (3) minute time limit.  This agenda item does not include Board action.  If you wish to address the Board and request Board action, there must be an agend item specific to that request.  Any request to be on the agenda must be...

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50 Inches of Rain

50 Inches of Rain

Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to tropical depression Harvey, dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of the Texas coast this week. This epic storm has wreaked havoc on a large swath of the southwest and left destruction and devastation in its wake. When a large low pressure system moving in from the sea runs smack dab into a high pressure system over the coast, it’s a recipe for a natural disaster. Counter-clockwise circulating air vacuums up moisture from the Gulf, and all that warm, moist air rising up must eventually come down. And come down it did. “Harvey came inland about 200 miles south of Houston, and the outer rain bands pushed into Houston on Saturday. . . Houston lies a few dozen feet above sea level, and during normal rainfall residential yards drain into streets, streets drain into bayous, and bayous carry water into Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

But this was not normal rainfall; it was extreme tropical rainfall. Meteorologists measure rainfall rates in inches per hour at a given location. A rainfall rate of 0.5 inches per hour is heavy, while anything above 2.0 inches per hour is intense (you'd probably stop your car on a highway, pull over, and wait out the passing storm). [In the Houston area], from 11pm to 1am that night, 10.6 inches of rain fell, about as much rainfall as New York City gets from October through December. That happened in two hours.   Ars Technica

 

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