Newly appointed head of the water district Terry Goins, reported a 14-percent water loss for the month of July, or an approximate value of 4.5 million gallons of treated water. In recent months, the total has been in the range of 35 to 40 percent water loss due to faulty water lines and other issues that cause the water to be lost.
“It’s quite a bit of difference,” Board Chairman Terry Lee McNichols said adding that Goins has been doing extra work to find leaks and other problems in the county’s water line.
In separate matters, the board also voted to increase the tariffs assessed to customers when water district workers come to repair broken or faulty water lines during nighttime or weekend hours.
Currently the rate is $40, however to pay for overtime and extra efforts, the board voted to raise the rate to $75.
The board also announced the purchase of 1,000 new radio-read water meters that are being installed throughout the district. The city’s water commission is implementing the same technology, however Barkley is farther along the way of making the change, which will likely improve the method in which meters are read and increase the effectiveness of reading the meter.
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