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Why do we have a reverse-911 sys­tem, if the coun­ty won’t use it to tell us things like, “Hey, we had a water main break and you need to boil your water before using it.”

We’ve had so many water main breaks in the last year that I’m glad we don’t drink tap water, any­way (even with boil­ing, it tastes nasty to me). We do cook with it, though.

Oh – I guess since we don’t have (or want) a land line, they wouldn’t call us any­way, would they? It seems to me that cell phones should be includ­ed some­how, based on the address on the account or where you are when an alert goes out, or some­thing. Since more and more peo­ple don’t both­er with land lines, that’s a sig­nif­i­cant issue.

So, yeah, boil­ing water ’til Wednes­day after­noon at the very least. I’m glad I looked at the local newspaper’s web site!



  1. Alice says:

    Some­time a cou­ple of years ago, one after­noon I got sev­er­al calls in a peri­od of 12 an hour that our water was going to be cut off and that we’d be under a boil warn­ing. It was from the City of Atlanta. It would have been great warn­ing except that I’m on Dekalb Coun­ty water and that I didn’t get 10 calls in that short peri­od. :p

  2. cyn says:

    That’s weird. I won­der if Dekalb gets water from Atlanta or some­thing?

    I real­ized after writ­ing the post that the water peo­ple cer­tain­ly have our phone num­bers, so they could eas­i­ly set up a sys­tem to call peo­ple in affect­ed areas.

  3. Tim says:

    Well, that could eas­i­ly be done, with a com­put­er, a soft­ware appli­ca­tion, and an auto­mat­ed call­ing sys­tem…

    HOWEVER…That would make sense, be prac­ti­cal as well as eco­nom­i­cal, and make life eas­ier on peo­ple…

    and who wants THAT?

  4. Willow says:

    I hear ya on the water thing. We get the boil-water notices BY MAIL usu­al­ly days after the order is over. We had our very first ever reverse 911 call the oth­er day about a miss­ing wom­an with Alzheimer’s. I kin­da wish they’d do them for Amber alerts too.

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