Orchard City water distribution system leakage has shown improvement in the most recent audit conducted by the town. The latest water audit report was presented at the town board's June meeting.
Treated water loss from the town lines declined by more than ten percent from April to June. April's 13 percent loss figure declined to 11.4 percent in the audit conducted earlier this month — a decline of 1.6 percentage points.
The losses are on top of a base figure of 10-12 percent loss that is considered "normal" with a distribution system as large as Orchard City's, town officials say. The base figure loss amount is considered acceptable and water utility workers are trying to lower and eventually eliminate the 13 percent loss.
Trustee water committee member Jimmie Boyd noted that work crews had found "a couple of leaks" recently and had repaired them. Also, some leaking water lines had been discovered and repaired during the recently completed Pheasant Run subdivision water line replacement project, Boyd added.
Orchard City displays no intention of backing off from its program to find and repair water system leakage. Mayor Don Suppes also reported that the town is going to install some special "audit meters" at various points of the town system to help pinpoint where treated water loss is occurring.
The town is also involved in a project with a consulting firm to design a computerized "water model" of its system to help manage all system functions, including lead detection.
In other trustee business on June 12:
• Boyd and Mayor Don Suppes were complimentary of the Pheasant Run work done by Kissner General Contractors, and especially of the project cleanup work that was done in the residential neighborhood.
• Boyd also reported that work is progressing on a project to upgrade the private Northeast Thornton pipeline for acceptance into the town's distribution system.
• At the town board's upcoming July 10 meeting, trustees will have the chance to review the proposed Coalby cross connection contract, Boyd reported.
• Public works Director Mike Morgan reported that an outcropping of goat heads is especially bad on Iris Road, Vaca Road, and Nowhere Road. They are being "spot sprayed" using a tank and a four-wheeler, he said.blog comments powered by Disqus