Reform system losing millions of gallons of water to leaks
By Brian Hamilton
During the Oct. 7 Reform City Council meeting, engineer Jonathan Bonner talked
about the ongoing project with the city’s water department, including a major problem with leaks.
Bonner stated that while most of the city’s water pipes are clean, there is an issue with tree roots growing into the
pipes in certain places. In the early phases of the project, engineers have
also noticed that the smaller water tank has a hole in the bottom and has not
been maintained or painted, and it has also been noticed that some of the older
pipes have multiple leaks.
“A strategy that we could consider would be to take the small tank offline, which
would cut down on the city’s water loss and make the water safer,” said Bonner.
It was found that there was a really big water leak at Well #1, which is by
Pickens County High School, which could create a shortage of water. “If demand for water goes up, the city will not have enough water, which could
create a major problem,” said Bonner.
The proposal that Bonner explained was for the city to look at grants in the
future to work on the water system. It would help to look at inactive accounts,
such as old houses where meters are not being used, and take the meters out.
Removing the meters and capping the lines could help prevent water loss. “We are almost in dire straits with the water system,” said Bonner. “The city is pumping about 10 million gallons of water per month from ground, and
only selling 4 million.”
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