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Snow to Water

All of these processes suggest that as snow lies on the ground, it becomes denser and denser. But how much water is in fresh snow? A good average number is that about a foot of snow is equivalent to one inch of water. But this number is highly variable, and in particular is strongly dependent on temperature. If the temperature is above freezing, an inch of liquid might correspond to six inches of snow. This is called wet snow. If the temperature is around 30 degrees, ten inches of snow might equal an inch of rain. And if the temperature is only 10 degrees Fahrenheit, it might take 18 to 24 inches of snow to equal one inch of liquid water. This is called dry snow, or powder snow.
How much snow covers the north part of north america for 4-5 months a year and longer up in the mountains?  Alot.
Why not collect that snow in some type of large collectors, take it to the water company to sanatize and put it into the supply?  It cost almost nothing.
Perhaps a large retention area size of a football field or an empty stadium parking lot, battery operated trackor that has no oils or gas to spoil the fresh clean snow to push it in and on top of the piles of this retention area which is heated by a boiler, melts from the bottom and flows to the water treatment plant.
Put these type of trackers into fields where the snow is presteen and does not have dirty snow.