Working to repair leaks throughout the city, water plant operator Kenny Widner told Lynch City Council Tuesday that water loss has been reduced to approximately 55 percent.
“The two water leaks we fixed saved approximately 72,000 gallons in a 24-hour period,” said Mayor Johnny Adams. “These two leaks were a lot of our trouble. The service line between the main and meter on Church Street broke and you could hear the water running under the road. I don’t know how some of the residents on that street had any pressure on their lines. The other leak was the same thing in Gap Branch.”
Councilman Winston Yeary asked if three leaking fire hydrants discussed previously had been repaired.
While repairs haven’t been made, Adams said he will not know the cost to remedy the problems until the hydrants are “dug up.”
He said the hydrants are marked so the fire department can identify those are out of service at this time.
Adams told council repairs and remodeling are being done at the water and sewer plants with the assistance of a grant. He said work is in progress and “everything is looking good.”
After this project is finished, it will save the city a lot of money on heating and cooling costs, said Adams.
While giving his report to council, Widner said work at the sewer plant has “fallen behind badly,” due to his work at the water plant.
He said he “just doesn’t have time to keep both plants working properly.” He said a sewer plant operator is needed.
The city has been without a sewer plant operator for several months after the resignation of Wendy Brashears.
“I just can’t handle both plants myself,” said Widner. “We’re going to have an inspection here soon and we’re going to get wrote back up on it.”
No action was taken on the issue.
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