The Leitchfield Utilities Commission last week approved the purchase of equipment that will be able to pinpoint the location of city water leaks.
During the regularly scheduled, Thursday, Sept. 3 Utilities Commission meeting, Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry said he was initially skeptical of the Gutermann Acoustic Monitoring Equipment, which is claimed to be able to get within a foot of a leak.
However, after a local test found a leak near West White Oak Street and South English Street, where there was no visible water leak at the surface of the roadway, he was a believer.
“We were very impressed with the equipment,” Embry said.
The equipment was developed in Germany, and the utilities are purchasing it from C.I. Thornburg Co., Inc. at the cost of $10,600, which includes two days of training on its use, Embry said.
The utilities hope to have the equipment in and operational by the end of next week, according to Embry.
In other business:
*The Utilities Commission voted to reduce the city’s natural gas rates by about 14.6 percent, based on Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford’s recommendation.
This reduction lowers the residential natural gas rate from $8.20 per 1,000 cubic feet to $7.00 per 1,000 cubic feet.
It also lowers the industrial natural gas rate from $7.70 per 1,000 cubic feet to $6.50 per 1,000 cubic feet.
*The Utilities Commission approved a contract with USDI for gas line compliance consulting at the cost of $17,700, which will be paid in 12 monthly installments of $1,475.
*Mark Cook, representing the Southgate Mall, addressed the Utilities Commission regarding a storm drain leak at a neighboring property that has gone unaddressed for about 10 years.
Cook said the mall has begun deteriorating as a result of the leak and wanted to know who had the authority to enforce repairs of faulty storm drains on private properties within the City of Leitchfield.
Utilities Attorney David Vickery said that while the Utilities Commission does not have the authority to address storm drain issues, he expects to see action taken on this issue in the near future.
“So many people in the City of Leitchfield have problems with storm water,” Vickery said. “That’s a big issue the city will have to address.”
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.