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Water loss continues to vex Orchard City

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Orchard City trustees discussed an aberration in results of the monthly water audit report during their Dec. 14 regular meeting.

A report from the trustee water committee noted that the audit report is showing "significant water loss" and indicating "huge discrepancies." The aberrant readings are occurring below the storage tanks at the town water plant, the committee reported.

The problem readings are thought to be related to audit meters which are located at that point in the system.

Audit meters had been placed on the system at that point in 2012, according to discussion at the meeting. The reading given by the audit meters have never been what they were expected to be, staff reported. The discussion led to a possibility of the need to replace the meters.

Addressing the problem will be part of the water strategic plan that the town wants to develop during 2017. The strategic plan would give water policy guidance for future town boards on how to address improvement needs of the entire system, explained staff.

Mayor Ken Volgamore agreed that the aberrant readings traced to possibly malfunctioning audit meters "were a little high."

Volgamore also noted the town's field staff which has been diligent in recent years scouting pipeline leakage issues and getting them repaired promptly. In years past, the town's sprawling water distribution utility logged treated water loss figures well into the 30 percent range consistently. During some recent months, the "acceptable loss" figure from the system has dipped to the single digit percentage range.

"Overall, I think we're doing pretty well," Volgamore said.

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