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Water reports show progress on system

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Orchard City continues to make strides in its program of minimizing leaks that cause lost water and lost money from its sprawling domestic water utility.

Evidence of success in its efforts came from two reports presented to town trustees at their Aug. 12 meeting.

One report showed that treated water losses from the distribution system declined from a figure of 16 percent in January to 7 percent in May and 5 percent in July. The loss figures discount for an assumed unavoidable system leakage of 5.5 percent.

"We've been doing a real good job," Mayor Don Suppes said. He noted a "big difference" in the four-year average water loss figures, a report which shows a declining loss amounting to several million gallons saved.

A second report on system leaks shows the total number of leaks repaired by town staff was 52 in 2014 compared with 75 the year before.

"We're getting a grip on it," Suppes added.

In a separate action at the trustees' Aug. 12 meeting, the board adopted a cross-connection and backflow prevention ordinance.

"We have been working on this for quite some time now due to the nature of the marijuana business, and also regulations being forced on us by Colorado Department of Public Health," Suppes said.

The ordinance requires the installation of cross-connection controls or backflow preventers where domestic water service is received by customers from the town. Fears of possible contamination of water in town distribution lines -- particularly from direct injection fertilizer systems used in large growing operations -- has led to adoption of the ordinance.

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