Aug. 18 2011 12:34 PM

Patricia Ramsey

Patricia Ramsey, Chairman of the Board of United Pipe & Supply Co., Inc., Portland, Oregon, passed away in early July. She was 61. Ramsey became actively involved in the business after her husband, Dave Ramsey died in 2003.

United Pipe & Supply was founded by Taylor Ramsey, his son Dave was the president and CEO when he passed. Patricia Ramsey then took charge of the company.

She is survived by her daughters Leslie Ramsey, Molly Cook, and Jenny Morrison, a sister and a brother.

City Could Run Out Of Water

Officials in West Palm Beach, Florida, have issued a warning that the city could run out of water in less than two months if residents don’t obey current water restrictions.

Due to severe drought conditions, West Palm Beach residents are allowed to irrigate only once a week between 4 and 8 a.m., with two additional hours for handwatering the same evening. Since mid-April, code enforcement officials have issued 175 warnings and cited eight violators. One resident received three violations with fines of $75 for the first violation, $125 for the second and $500 for the third.

Other violators given multiple warnings included several city owned properties, the West Palm Beach Housing Authority, six churches, and the West Palm Beach Christian Convention Center.

To help with enforcement, the West Palm Beach mayor issued an emergency order giving code enforcement officers, utility workers, parks and recreation staffers and even city commissioners the ability to issue warnings.

New Rainwater Harvesting System

BRAE, a Watts Water Technologies company, is bringing new rainwater harvesting systems to commercial, institutional and residential applications. They use a holistic approach to water resource management.

These rainwater systems manage the filtration, storage, distribution and treatment functions. BRAE works with architects, contractors, business owners and other customers to develop, install and warrant practical systems.

Above- and below-ground residential systems store between 225 and 3,000 gallons of rainwater. The company claims it can reduce water consumption by up to 65%.

Water-Use Restrictions Eased

Citing recent cooperation from residents and business owners, city officials in League City, Texas, have changed mandatory water conservation statutes from Stage 3 to the less restrictive Stage 2.

Under Stage 2 of the city’s drought plan, the use of hose-end sprinklers without timers on desig nated watering days, and the use of hand-held hoses, buckets and drip irrigation systems on all days will be permitted. All other irrigation will be restricted to specific dates and times.

The operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes will continue to be prohibited, except when necessary to support aquatic life or when such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.

Violators face fines of up to $500 and court costs, city officials said.

Utility Absorbs Water Rate Increase

City officials in San Diego, California, have decided to give resi dents a reprieve from four years of rate hikes by agreeing to absorb nearly $9 million in increased water supply costs during the first half of 2012.

The city’s announcement followed a decision by the San Diego County Water Authority to charge its 24 member agencies an average of 7.7% more for treated water starting January 1. Typically, higher costs are passed on to homeowners and businesses.

The respite won’t last long.

Regional water officials predict that there will be more rate hikes in the future, including a possible 5% increase for 2013 if the Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles, a major water wholesaler, raises their rates again.