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7/11/08

City Losing 1.7 Million Gallons of Water a Day

A new study shows old infrastructure is costing Lubbock more than a million gallons of water per day.

Water main breaks, malfunctioning water meters, water theft and seepage from old pipes wastes 6 percent of the city's daily water consumption. That 6 percent equals as much as 1.7 million gallons of water loss every day across the Hub City, according to that city of Lubbock study.

Lubbock's Water Utility Department reports the city has had 260 water main breaks since October 1st of 2007. Those water main breaks account for most of that 6 percent or 1.7 million gallons lost each day across the city.

On Friday, councilpersons Floyd Price and Linda DeLeon held a media conference in an effort to build public support behind expediting the water main replacement projects already planned. They say 1.7 million gallons of lost water is too much for a city that already has a water problem and shortage.

"Our concern is that we really need to use this as a priority in replacing some of our old infrastructure and try to save the precious water that we need on a daily basis," said Linda DeLeon.

"To stop the leakage you've got to replace the pipes. Some of the old pipes have been there 40 or 50 years," added Floyd Price.

The city has six planned water main replacement projects scheduled from North Overton down to 50th street and their planned completion dates range between 2009 and 2010.

DeLeon and Price want the projects to be done as quickly as possible and certainly before the Lake Alan Henry project is completed in 2012. They're concerned about bringing in new water from Lake Alan Henry when 6 percent will be lost because of water main breaks.

Again, the city expects to have the water main projects done well in advance of the pipeline completion.

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