Water Being Wasted Worries City Officials More Than Water Main Breaks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/20/06

Water Being Wasted Worries City Officials More Than Water Main Breaks

On Tuesday a water main break wasted 50,000 gallons of water in Lubbock. But the Water utility department tells us that amount is insignificant to the amount Lubbockites waste everyday. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel explains where the city tell us the real problem lies.

The scene looked like a river at 16th and Avenue B when a water main broke. Water utilities tell NewsChannel 11 the main broke because of the pipes are old, a problem they see all over Lubbock that they are trying to fix.  Mike Gilliland with the City of Lubbock Water Utilities says, "we try to identify these on an active basis, the lines that are costing us a lot of money to keep replacing, and we'll put those in capitol projects and get them all taken care of at one time."

Water utilities say they budget for daily breaks, and a break like today will cost about four-thousand dollars to fix and cost the city a 50,000 gallon water loss. That's equivalent to 1,000 full bath tubs. But they tell us, that it took them about an hour to respond to this break because crews were busy taking calls for lawn water run-offs all over town. 

City officials also tell us they're seeing a big increase with water run-off through sprinklers. During these summer months, you can not water your lawn between the hours of 10am-6pm. The city ask you report water run-off by calling the city's 24-hour hotline at (806) 775-3952.

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