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.