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Report: High Number of Leaks in City Water System

An aging city infrastructure is contributing to a high number of leaks per month, according to a recent study.

A city-commissioned report found a high number of leaks in Glendora’s water system compared to other cities of similar size.

The research firm Management Partners determined 16 water leaks monthly in the city’s aging water system, far more than surrounding local cities.

The report, presented to the city council Tuesday evening, also detailed budget, staffing and workload issues within the city’s water division.

While the research praised the water division’s overall performance, it outlined specific areas of improvement, including constant leaks in the city’s 70-year-old water infrastructure.

According to Management Partners’ advisor James Ross, the majority of the leaks were found in the city’s main lines.

The water leaks have been an ongoing issue with the city’s water division. City officials have said leaks have cost the city thousands of dollars annually to repair.

Also adding to the city’s expenditures is the city’s “complex” water system, according to the report. Ross told the council the city has far more reservoirs and booster pump stations than other cities of similar size.

“As a consequence, you’re going to find out that your expenditures on a per capita basis are slightly higher than the norm,” said Ross.

In 2003, the city entered into a Capital Improvement Program to address more than $125 million worth of remaining water master plan improvements. Water rates have also steadily increased over the years to help fund infrastructure repairs, with the council voting in November 2011 to 17 percent over the next five years.

“We have addressed the issues (regarding our water system) and have tried to explain to the public that it is necessary because of our aging infrastructure,” said City Councilmember Karen Davis.

Research Partner Cathy Sandiford also recommended that the city consider an outside contractor to assist city staff in repairing the leaks, especially in an event of a major disaster or multiple leaks.

Lee Vetti April 13, 2012 at 05:56 PM
On Feb. 11, 2011 the city water line running thru my property burst and flooded my yard. It was repaired and was told that the line is very old and would be rerouted in about 6 months.To date nothing has been done. Mr Davis has been contacted several times.We are very concerned that the pipe will burst again and cause irreparable damage.When will this problem be resolved?
gsuburban April 24, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Maybe there is not that much that needs doing? I'm sure nothing will get done until the old and fragile system starts leaking here there and everywhere. $105 for water service in the winter is an example of capitalism, not municipal responsibility.
gsuburban April 24, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Sunny Slope water in San Gabriel is very reasonable, monthly water bill for a family of 4, swimming pool, spa and one acre of yard runs about $20 per period. I recall those days in Glendora but long ago.
gsuburban April 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Lee, you can get that in writing from them or at least give them notice in writing which should help in the event it breaks again. The city won't have any excuse and therefore can be held liable and negligent which would cost them much if you did suffer injury and/or property damage from another leak from something they know is on the verge of breaking etc.
gsuburban April 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Well, all of us could just get rid of our front and rear lawns (before the city out laws it). That would save most folks 80% of water used during mild to hot months.

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