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City’s Water Loss Percentage Under 9%

January 29, 2013

01/30/13  Plymouth City Utility Superintendent, Donnie Davidson presented members of the Board of Public Works and Safety with the Water Audit for the City’s Water Department.  The report shows the pumped gallons of water, the billed gallons of water, the unmetered water usage and the percentage of water loss for 2007 through 2012.

Davidson noted in 2009 the City had a 22.83% of water loss.  He said, “Since then we began a comprehensive accounting of non-metered water use including hydrant flushing and firefighting.  They also initiated a leak detection program, and installed all new radio read meters.  Implementation of these showed a reduction in the percentage of water lose from the high of 22.83% in 2009 to 15.84 % in 2010, 14.39% in 2011, to a low of *.89% in 2012.  Davidson noted that industry standards show anything less than 15% being acceptable.

The Utility Superintendent was pleased with only three water main breaks between November and January.  Davidson also commended his employees for their quick response time noting the average fix time has been 4 to 5 hours including the required locates, working in the cold and digging in the wet soils.