Lincoln City water crews have fixed about half of the underground water leaks that were contributing to huge losses of water that the city pushes through the pipes but never gets paid for. At this time last year, fully forty percent of city water spewed out in underground leaks according to City Manager David Hawker.
But now, he says, they think they’ve cut that loss in half with two major repairs. But that still leaves 20% of the town’s water supply going to waste.
Hawker says work crews are still tracking more leaks with recently acquired high tech water leak detection equipment that they showed off to the city council. “It was well worth the investment,” explained Hawker. “This equipment is helping us add over 30% to our overall water supply and the only cost was paying for the equipment which is far cheaper than expanding the water treatment plant or water intake systems.
Public Works Director Lila Bradley says if any city, county or private water purveyor can get their leaks down to under 15% of what goes into the pipes, they’re doing pretty well.