Salvation Army warming center

A stack of bottled water sits at the Salvation Army's warming center at the Lake Jackson Recreation Center on Tuesday. The warming center received plenty of donations of bottled water to last through the winter storm and subsequent power outages.

RICHWOOD — When you need a large, industrial-grade generator to pump well water during an emergency, it can be a problem to go and find one in the middle of that emergency. A lot of municipalities found themselves in the same position, which left Richwood out in the cold.

“That was on our well — our well is our backup when we lose what we call surface water from (the Brazosport Water Authority), then we go to well water, and our well water is driven by an electric pump,” Richwood City Manager Eric Foerster said Friday. “It’s a big generator — it’s 100 kW — it’s a fairly industrial size and they’re not very commonplace. I mean, they are, but not once everybody’s (systems) started going down.”

Wes Wolfe is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0152.

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