This year’s harsh winter hasn’t caused the Defiance reservoir operation any major problems.
According to the Crescent News, water plant superintendent Adam McDowell reports that this winter has been less of a challenge than the 2012–13 season.
The reservoir, according to McDowell, is much fuller than it was at this time last year. The recent level was about 14 feet, up almost 4.5 feet from last winter.
The higher water level this winter has allowed the city to escape a problem it had last year with a lower level — an exposed intake susceptible to freezing. Last year, the intake froze up twice.