Finding the leak posing so many problems for Edinburg is proving to be harder than expected.
On Thursday, Edinburg Mayor Dan Harshman said he believed the leak was identified, but his job wasn’t getting any easier. By Thursday evening, he said the leak wasn’t, in fact, beneath Stoney Creek — a good thing for repair purposes — but the town was no closer to fixing a problem that cropped up in early December.
Residents are frustrated with inconsistent and inconvenient water troubles. Some residents aren’t sure whether their water will start flowing when they turn the tap, or whether the pressure is high enough to wash dishes or take showers.
Inconsistent and inconvenient are not the same as inaccessible, however. Despite the volatility, water use has remained consistent around town and some areas used more water in December than any time in the previous six months.
The water is still there for them to use,” said Alice Davis, the contract operator at the water treatment plant. “Unfortunately, they’re having to deal with water fluctuations.”
Davis pulled water usage numbers for each quadrant of town on Friday morning. Businesses used the most water in each section of town — north, south, east and west — and the highest usage month was December for the town’s eastern and southern sections.
The highest residential users in each part of town averaged between 6,000 and 9,000 gallons a month.
Davis said the leak wouldn’t affect water usage numbers unless it was on the residents’ side of the meter, essentially inside their home or business.
To find the leak, Edinburg sent out a contractor with a device that listens for gaps in the water line.
“If there’s a leak, there would be a really loud hissing,” Davis said. “Almost like a roar.”
That roar lead Edinburg officials to check a line beneath Stoney Creek earlier this week, believing it was the source of the leak. When the search for the leak happened earlier this month, the contractor believed he heard something there, Davis said.
Residents won’t be happy the leak is still eluding maintenance crews, but the problem will be easier to fix if the problem isn’t under the creek, Davis said.
When the contractor heard hissing coming from the pipe beneath the creek, he detected faulty valves the town repaired on Thursday, believing it was the source of the leak.
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