The Leitchfield Utilities Commission, last Thursday, Aug. 6, addressed a water leak that has resulted in thousands of dollars in damages at the workplace of Dr. Gay Fulkerson.
During the Utilities Commission’s regular, Aug. 6 meeting, Fulkerson said she has, for a number of years, had an issue with the storm drain that crosses her property at 310 South Main St.
One of the City of Leitchfield’s two-to-three-inch water lines has broken, causing water to continually run out of and erode the storm drain and threaten the foundation of Fulkerson’s property.
Fulkerson said she has, in total, spent over $12,000 trying to repair the storm drain, but it continues to run water “almost 24/7” even in years of near-drought weather.
“$12,000, to me, is a lot of money,” said Fulkerson.
Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry said the utilities are aware of the leak and have been for some time, but the issue with correcting it is that it’s nearly impossible to locate.
“It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Embry.
The leak could be coming from so many places, Embry said, “We could dig up [Hwy] 259 all the way to the courthouse and not find it.”
Embry said Leitchfield Utilities loses an average of 30 percent of unaccounted water, but the ideal loss would be 20 percent, which is typical.
“We spend a significant amount of resources trying to lower our water losses,” said Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford, adding that water systems the age of Leitchfield Utilities’ usually lose more water than the typical 20 percent.
The Utilities Commission discussed repairing the eroded storm drain on Fulkerson’s property as a remedy to the issue because it was reportedly damaged by City water; however, Embry questioned whether it should be the city’s responsibility to repair storm drains on private property.
Crawford said that all the Leitchfield Utilities can currently do for Fulkerson is continue to look for the leak affecting her property.
“All of my employees are aware of the leak,” Embry said. “We’re hoping it’ll surface.”
In other business:
*Crawford said the Grayson County Water District wants to participate in Leitchfield Utilities’ capital improvement project at the city water plant.
Leitchfield Utilities currently has a contract with the Grayson County Water District through 2034, Crawford said.
Crawford requested approval from the Utilities Commission to form a four-person committee—consisting of himself, Embry, Grayson County Water District Manager Kevin Shaw, and Grayson County Water District Chairman John Tomes—to request proposals for the project.
The Utilities Commission approved the creation of the committee.
*The Utilities Commission authorized business with Darrell Roof Dozer and Fencing, from whom the utilities intermittently purchase bales of straw, through the coming year.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.