Orchard City continues to make progress in its effort to cut down on the amount of treated water leaking from distribution lines.
The latest water system audit, completed for June, showed a 6.9 percent loss of treated water from the system, reported Trustee Jimmie Boyd at the town board's meeting on July 10. The 6.9 percent figure compares with 11.4 percent only a month earlier.
"We're really happy with that result," Boyd said.
He suggested that replacement of water lines in the Pheasant Run subdivision earlier this summer probably contributed to the lower loss figure. A number of leaking lines were discovered during the Pheasant Run project, town officials have reported.
Mayor Don Suppes and the public works director noted that some differences exist in how the water audit results can be interpreted. Nevertheless, the figure represents a big one-month decline in water loss as the town has been tracking it. That is something town crews have been working for many months to achieve. And still the work isn't done and more system leakage problems are in the sights.
The 6.9 percent loss figure is in addition to the ten to 12 percent loss that is considered "normal" for a large system like Orchard City's.
Suppes announced on July 10 that a special audit water meter has been installed to check for water loss in the Austin neighborhood. The audit meter will gauge the amount of water flowing into the neighborhood. That figure is then compared with the amount of billed water flowing through customers' meters to give a picture of the overall amount of system leakage in the neighborhood. Crews can then focus attention on signs of leakage and make repairs.
Mayor Suppes said, "We have been working on a lot of water projects and the system is working well. People are getting the water they need and no restrictions have been imposed."blog comments powered by Disqus