A Leak Detection study that was conducted to determine how much of the city water supply was going into the ground proved to be a benefit. Eric Mork with the Environmental Department told Lebanon City Council on Thursday night that the study was done in 27 days with 155 miles of line inspected. It was estimate that the system was losing about 38 percent daily.
The estimated total amount of water that was going into the ground due to leaks was around 454-thousand gallons a day. Mork said inspectors were communicating back to the city and a crew would respond to make repairs.
He reported that the first 17 days in May the water loss was at 10 percent, overall in may it was 21.82 percent loss, due to some leaks at fire hydrants. He said once the hydrant repairs are made they should be at 17 percent loss. The highest amount of water loss was found on the south side of Lebanon.