Thursday, May 1, 2014

Water, Water, Everywh- Wait a Minute!

Joseph in IL sent this in with the tagline: "Look for sinkholes very soon"...

City doesn’t know where 851 million gallons of missing water went
851 million gallons of water, as the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier writes, is enough to fill, “1,300 Olympic-sized swimming pools in a year.” One would think that if 1,300 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of water went missing, it would be fairly easy to figure out why. Instead, Waterloo, Iowa officials like Water Works General Manager Dennis Clark, “just don’t know where it went.”
Now, I'm certain that it's simply unaccounted for, between flushing hydrants and such. But still, 1,300 olympic-size swimming pools-worth of water are gone and they can't account for it? Yet they know exactly how much I use every single month. Tis a puzzler, is it not? It's also interesting to note, per the article, that this represents nearly 1/5th of the total water pumped by the city.

So, basically, the city frittered away nearly 20% of its water supply, can't track it, doesn't know what happened to it, and, quite frankly, doesn't care. This should be of interest to the city's residents, who most assuredly cannot take the same cavalier attitude with their utility bills. Short of a water main break - which even then should be fairly straightforward calculation - it's hard to imagine that they have no method of tracking where the water goes...

Then again, who pays attention when it's someone else's money, right?

That is all.


Ted said...

I'd bet there a lot of meters that somehow never made into the meter reading system.

Start by checking the meters that are connected to the pols houses

Anonymous said...

1- Bad meters
2- Pipe leaks
3- George Bush or space aliens.

I know which one I'll be picking.


Stretch said...

I see a big future in the Federal Government for these city employees.

Chas Clifton said...

Twenty percent loss? Believe or not, that is not unheard of in older systems. Lots of bad connections -- maybe the ground has shifted or something -- cracks, tree roots -- bad valves . . . it all adds up.

JayNola said...

Orleans Parish, aka New Orleans Sewage and Water, has a loss of approximately 50%. They know exactly how much water the suction out of the river and treat. There's just a lot of holes in the system and they keep the pressure rather high to avoid any back flow.