City’s Water Loss Improves

Posted on 20 February 2013 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council received a Utility Committee report about water loss during the Monday City Council meeting.  City Administrator Luke Nelson showed the Council that steps being taken to reduce water loss have been having an impact.  During budget time, the matter draws even more attention.  The Water Department revenue stays in the department and pays for it’s operation and debt.  When there is unexplained water loss, that means revenue is not received to cover the cost of the production of that water.  It also means a reduction in revenue for the sewer department because the two are tied together through meter readings.  Utility Committee Chairman Gary Nystrom has said before he feels the ongoing meter replacement program has had an impact on the unaccounted for water.  Utility Superintendent Roy Martin said recently that 10% water loss, which is the targeted amount, results in an annual revenue loss of $200,000 for the water department and a $300,000 loss for the sewer department.  The water loss had been in excess of 20% as recently as last year.  This weeks report shows the amount now nearing 15% and falling.

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