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Water Leaks: Up to 128 Million Gallons a Year

The city of Grants Pass says millions of gallons of treated water could be leaking through old city pipes. NewsWatch12's Sionan Barrett shows us how much water isn't making it to consumers and what the price is to fix it.

Posted: Feb. 5, 2018 6:14 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore.- Distribution crews worked this week to continue evaluating system leaks found during recent leak detection testing. Water system leaks do not always make it to the surface and can be difficult to de-tect. They can also cost thousands of dollars per year when treated water is lost.

Of the 13 miles of pipeline tested, 11 leaks were detected ranging in size from 0.1 – 8 gallons per minute. These leaks combined could be wasting as much as 16,000,000 gallons per year. For the entire system at least 128,000,000 gallons of water a year isn't getting to rate payes. 

NewsWatch12 asked the director of the city's public works department if that was a concerning amount of wasted water. The director said it's a small fraction of the over 2 billion gallons pumped out and treated a year.  

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