City of Valdosta Using Rain Gages To Predict Water Levels

Winnie Wright
May 1, 2014

Valdosta, GA - The City of Valdosta has seven rain gauges spread across town they check daily to keep track of rain fall in the area. The City uses the information to make predictions on water levels in the rivers as well as the waste water treatment plant. On days like today, they may check the gauges more than once so city crews are prepared and now how to respond.

"If we receive a lot of rain on the West side of town, we will then contact Withlacochee, our wastewater facility, so that they can prepare to get geared up and handle the water. In addition, if we receive a lot of water on the east side or the south side of town, then we will contact Mud Creek to let them know that they should expect an increase in the flow", says Quillian Peeler, Environmental Technician for The City of Valdosta.

For rain fall totals, go to the website, CoCoRAHs. The city says they will also use information from other cities upstream to get an idea of how much water will come down stream after a storm.

For more information on water levels in Valdosta, or any other city, visit http://www.cocorahs.org/.


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