The news comes on the heels of Aqua Line of Findlay’s annual check of the system. Village officials have spent $2,500 yearly for about a decade to have the company evaluate its system.
“If anything we end up saving,” said Public Works Director Kevin Gladden. After leaks were found and fixed, “We are probably at 10 percent water loss overall. That’s pretty good,” he said.
Aqua Line reported to village council in August that the Genoa water system is losing an estimated 5,000 gallons per day, according to Garth Reynolds, Village Administrator.
Genoa maintains its own system lines but receives water by contract from the City of Oregon. The village can receive up to 1 million gallons per day. Currently, Genoa uses about 300,000 to 350,000 gallons per day, Gladden said. The bulk of that usage is tied to service to the Ohio Turnpike maintenance garage and travel station as well as Guardian Industries, the director explained.
Village workers have fixed some of the smaller line leaks, including those associated with several fire hydrants. However, two other projects, including a main pressure line, will have to be done by professionals, Reynolds said.
One problem involves a leak at a water tap for a 4-inch water line that serves Allen Central Elementary School.
The other issue is a ductile iron main pressure line that runs about a mile along Ohio 579 into Williston.
That line has developed breaks over the years because of wear-and-tear as well as electrolysis that basically eats holes in the line, Gladden said. But there are special circumstances that prevent the work from being done by an in-house crew.
“There is a high pressure gas line that runs near it. So we’re going to have to bring in contractors to do that work,” he said.
Likely, because of costs, the work on the larger line will have to done in phases beginning with next year’s budget, Gladden said.
“It will have to be a phased project unless we get some other type of funding to help us out,” he added.