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Water production statistics!

We just received our Consumer Confidence Report from our Water Department. It states that we consumed 894 million gallons of water. Residential 566 million and commercial/industrial 126 million. The report states that 19.6% is unaccounted for. Using their figures (894-566-126=202) the percentage is 22.5%. How can over 200 million gallons of water be "unaccounted for". What is worse is that the percentage of "unaccounted for" water is 31% more than last year. Based on our exorbitant water rates, that is an extreme amount of money being washed away. Didn't we just have star of the art water meters installed throughout the distribution system? Who is held accountable for the lost income due to the "unaccounted for" water? 
Shaun June 10, 2014 at 01:31 PM
I'm not 100% sure, but I think the "unaccountable" numbers are for town buildings and services. Library, Police HQ, DPW, etc, etc.
Bob June 10, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Unaccountable refers to loss that is not billable such as leaks, people stealing etc. When a fire hydrant is checked and purged or a line break that is unaccountable. Town office should not be included in this number.
Karyn June 10, 2014 at 02:29 PM
I know the hydrant in front of my house was flushed out fairly recently....was it done across the town? I'm sure that could add up quickly gallons wise.
TONY D June 10, 2014 at 02:45 PM
If all the commercial/industrial use totals only 126 million gallons, the report's figure, how could the Town owned facilities consume close to 200 million gallons. Even if the Town does not pay for water/sewer use shouldn't it be metered anyway? At least the water could be "accounted for".
Tewksbury2001 June 10, 2014 at 07:15 PM
government is inefficient. privatize it. a for profit entity will find those 200 million gallons pretty quick.

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