Treated water loss from the Cedaredge distribution system may lead to a new $3 per month charge on the water bills for outside-of-town customers.
"We are losing "a great deal" of water, Town Administrator Katie Sickles said.
"The town has replaced a lot of its in-town meters in order to improve water loss control. But it's still a heck of a loss."
Cedaredge is losing 17 to 25 percent of its treated water somewhere in the distribution system town officials say.
Sickles said that she is going to recommend to the town board that the $3 per month surcharge be added to outside water customers' bills. The money raised would be used to cover purchase and installation of master water meters on distribution lines, Sickles explained. The final decision will be up to the trustees.
The treated water losses can be in excess of 30,000 gallons per day at certain times of the year, trustees noted. Trustees looked at the problem and at likely scenarios to begin addressing the problem during a recent workshop.
According to an explanation of the problem offered by Sickles and public works director Dave Smith, a lot of, or most of, the large treated water loss is thought to be occurring from distribution lines that serve out-of-town users. The majority of the town's approximately 133 outside water users live in the two neighborhoods north of town — Northridge and Ginter's Grove.
Because of the state's growing concern with inadequate water supplies and its focus on the extreme need for conservation measures, there are now grants available to municipalities for repairing leaking lines, Sickles said. But the leaks have to be found first, and Cedaredge doesn't know exactly where its water loss is taking place. It has suspicions, though.
The master meters will allow the town to conduct "water audits" on its outside-of-town lines. The amount of water flowing into a neighborhood can be compared with the amount of water billed to the residences there which helps crews pinpoint where losses may be occurring between the master meter and the end user.
A master meter would be placed on the Northridge supply line, Sickles said. She added that Ginter's Grove already has a town-purchased and installed master meter on its line. But, she added, "They should have installed and paid for it long ago."blog comments powered by Disqus