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West Jefferson water problems solved

Town had been losing 100,000 gallons of water per day

By Alan Bulluck abulluck@civitasmedia.com

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A significant water leak that’s been plaguing the town of West Jefferson and perplexing inspectors for the past three months has finally been solved and fixed.


“Everything’s fixed now,” Town Manager Brantley Price said. “We’ve stayed at the levels we want to be, 30 and 31 feet, all weekend.”


A three man crew from the N.C. Rural Water Association (NCRWA) arrived on Tuesday, July 1 and discovered the leak, which was located in front of the laundromat across from Leviton Manufacturing on South Jefferson Avenue.


“They (NCRWA) brought three guys up here last Tuesday and worked Tuesday and Wednesday and found it Wednesday around noon,” Price said.


For the past three months, crews with the NCRWA and the Town had been going around trying to find the significant leak that was causing the town to lose 100,000 gallons of water per day.


Keith Buff, who works with the NCRWA, addressed the Board of Aldermen at the board’s regular meeting on May 2, and told them that his crew had been searching for the leak with acoustic detection equipment.


Buff said his crew spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours looking for the leak, climbing up and down hills, inspecting hydrants and looking in manholes.


During the search, many small leaks were discovered and fixed, however, it wasn’t until a week ago that the leak which had caused the town to lose hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per day, was discovered.


Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.

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