Leitchfield Utilities is considering replacing over 12,000 square feet of water lines throughout Leitchfield in an effort to stop water leaks.
Leitchfield Utilities Foreman David Roof, in a presentation to the Leitchfield Utilities Commission during its regular, Thursday, March 17 meeting, said replacing water lines would be one of the first steps to locating the utilities’ many water leaks.
Roof proposed replacing 12,270 feet of water lines in locations throughout the City of Leitchfield, the estimated cost of which would be $265,577, provided Leitchfield Utilities performs the work itself.
Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry said the utilities can rent a machine for $250 a day that will test the lines to help narrow down which lines need to be replaced.
Roof said that, for the replacement of some of the lines, new equipment, such as an excavator with a hoe ram, will likely need to be purchased; however, Leitchfield Utilities already has the capability to replace some of the lines.
Roof said project would likely take five years or more to complete but could begin as early as this year.
Also during the presentation, Roof said that he believes that a great deal of Leitchfield Utilities’ higher than average water loss can be attributed to unaccounted water—such as water expended when the Leitchfield Fire Department tests or uses city fire hydrants—in addition to leaks.
Embry agreed and said Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall will soon begin gathering figures regarding the water expended in such events for the utilities.
No official action was taken on the matter of replacing the city water lines, but Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford recommended that the utilities conduct analysis to determine whether it would be more beneficial for Leitchfield Utilities to replace the water lines itself or bid the project out.
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