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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Millis officials hunting for leaks, literally


Where does all the water go? That's a mystery that officials in Millis are hoping to answer.

The town will soon complete a water audit designed to reduce unaccounted-for water, which is essentially the difference between the amount of water pumped by town wells and the amount the town charges residents for using.

Much of the program is devoted to identifying and repairing leaks and replacing outdated water meters, which can be inaccurate. The state requires towns to be able to account for at least 90 percent of the water they pump.

Millis, however, has been unable to account for 10, 15, and 25 percent, respectively, of the water it has pumped over the past three years, said Town Administrator Charles Aspinwall.

As a result of the water audit, he expects the amount of unaccounted water for this year to fall back to 15 percent or lower. The audit is being paid for with a $31,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection and $11,000 in town funds, Aspinwall said.

-- Charlie Russo

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