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City: Water leak detection, repairs to save big bucks


November 28, 2018

THIS GRAPH shows the variances between water production, the top line, and water that actually reached customers, the middle line, over the past 10 years. The bottom line depicts unmetered water loss. A smoother line runs along the bottom line showing 6-month averages for unmetered water loss.

The City of Sweet Home estimates that up to half of the water it produces is leaking out of the system.

Under a contract with the city, American Leak Detection is locating and compiling a list of leaks in Sweet Home's water distribution system.

The company went to work on Nov. 13 and will continue for the next week or two. The contractor uses a listening device to hear, locate and evaluate the size of the leaks.

"He'll go to every meter and listen, and he'll go to every valve and listen," said Public Works Director Greg Springman. The technology can pick up leaks two blocks away, and bas...

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