More than $5,000 a month has literally run down the drain in Brighton and town officials were at a loss as to why.
For the past several months, there has been a year-to-date change in water charges to the town, amounting to an estimated $33,000 in the last six months of 2013, according to town recorder Kristin Mathis. The discrepancy was discovered while reviewing the monthly financials at the November town hall meeting.
The change has not been passed on to residents, officials said, but was a major concern for the mayor and aldermen at last week’s meeting.
Mayor Jeff Scott said the leak was discovered this week.
“It was a disguised leak that was running into a creek. We had to walk the line, but we finally found it.”
Matt Hall, director of public works, said that after locating and fixing the leak, the water is close to where it was this time last year.
“With the leak, we were averaging 325,000 gallons of water daily. Now, we have returned to averaging 260,000 gallons a day, which is right about where we were this time last year,” said Hall.
Scott said in addition to the leak, old meters add to the discrepancy.
Hall agreed,“The recommendation is for meters to be replaced every five years, because after that the meters become less accurate. I would say some meters are anywhere from 10 or 15 to 20 years old.
“We’ve been trying to replace old meters for some time now, We have already replaced a third of them, and have plans to replace the rest as soon as possible,” said Scott.
“When we replace will depend on review by the board. And the cost will be determined by how many meters need to be replaced, which we aren’t sure of yet,” said Hall.