Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
It looks like we made it through the great cold snap of 2011. Nnormally don't have trouble with freezing temperatures but things got bad when we reached down into the negative numbers. We repaired three copper pipe breaks, in the process used five new compression fittings. I'm not certain, but our well pump is losing prime and I suspect that it cracked inside the casting which was full of ice.
We went for 3 days with no hot water and about 12 hours with no cold water. Even our rain water tanks were not accessible. But we got off easy on this one. Our neighbors have been telling us horror stories about how they have had no water for over five days. We also heard from multiple sources that northern New Mexico ran out of natural gas + rolling had blackouts and closed gas stations. Ultimately we did break the 120 year record making it down to -6F with windchill in the -20's.