2014 water losses nearly double in Seligman, totaling $5,900

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Water loss increases by 41.5 percent over previous two months

Seligman had $5,900 in water losses for 2014, increasing by about $2,600 over 2013.

The water loss between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 15 was 1,839,090 gallons. The water loss between Nov. 15, 2014, and Dec. 15, 2014, was 1.3 million gallons, decreasing by 400,000 gallons compared with the same period in 2013.

The maintenance crews came across and repaired water leaks over the last month, said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk.

"By the time we get it repaired, it takes a couple of weeks to really see what kind of effect that is having," Nichols said.

Seligman plans to replace its aging infrastructure, he said. The city has galvanized lines that are rusting. Rocks pummel and break through water pipes.

The first step was purchasing the 640 new water meters last year. The meters are part of a radio frequency, drive-by system through Longview, Texas-based RG3 Meter Co.

Seligman also included a LD-12 professional water leak detector with the city's $9,666.53 pipe locating equipment purchase from Tontitown, Ark.-based HD Supply Waterworks.

The LD-12 contains a box you carry with headphones and a sensitive microphone that allow you to detect water leaks, Nichols said.

"They come highly-recommended," he said. "They are really good and really accurate. You can pinpoint a water leak that's down in the ground that's not necessarily presenting itself."

Seligman is looking to Springfield-based Olsson Associates to update the city's water system analysis, which was last completed in 2007. Olsson will map out all the lines and inform the city where it should replace and upgrade lines. The analysis will start later this year.

Seligman has three wells, and the city pumps its own water. The city pumps just under 3 million gallons during each winter month, and about 4 million gallons a month the rest of the year.

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