Detection specialist spots hidden leak

A contractor has located a leak that is estimated to have cost a US city more than US$36,000 since the start of 2019.

Trenchless Leak Detection was engaged by the City of Mountainburg in Arkansas, US after the city’s Mayor, Susan Wilson, announced it had spent US$36,331 of its annual US$93,500 water budget since 1 January 2019.

“City workers have spent months searching for the source of this problem, including walking water lines and searching every location, which has let to them finding and fixing small leaks,” said Ms Wilson.

“Due to continuing large water loss, the city reached out to Arkansas Rural Water and other water departments for help.”

Following the unfruitful investigations, on 18 March, Mountainburg City Council granted Ms Wilson permission to contract Trenchless Leak Detection, which identified the lark leak flowing into a nearby runoff.

The local company’s repertoire of leak detection and location services for municipal clients includes correlation, acoustic leak detection, tracer gas leak detection and line locating, including working at government facilities and completing military installations.

The leak was fixed within the week, with Ms Wilson saying the incident was not expected to impact customer water rates or create the need for a boil order.

For more information visit the City of Mountainburg website.

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