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Village of Moravia experiencing significant water loss, cause remains unknown

The village of Moravia is losing 52 percent of the water that is being pumped into its water system, costing about $100,000 per year.

During a regular meeting on Monday, the village board listened to a report from Mike Perkins, the head of the public works department and discussed the issue and ways they could address the dramatic water loss.

The village has some leaks in its water system, “or something terribly wrong,” said Mayor Gary Mulvaney.

Perkins suggested perhaps replacing all of the meters would help. It’s a solution the village is already working toward but it has only replaced 75 out of nearly 700 water meters so far. Perkins also suggested doing a leak detection study each year to help identify problems, but that would cost the village $8,000 a year.

Two years ago, the village had the company New York Leak Detection do an assessment and numerous leaks were found, Mulvaney said. The village fixed all the identified leaks and the water loss percentage fluctuated for a couple months but then went back up. In 2008, the village was only experiencing a 29 percent water loss.

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