HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Water Works and Sewer Board was paid a visit on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, by an inspector of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to perform a sanitary survey. Residents will be glad to know the utility received the highest possible grade of satisfactory.
The noteworthy item found was the 27 percent of water loss, though the problem has already been discovered and repaired. Other items inspected included the distribution system, storage capacities and the record keeping aspects of the water works.
“When you have a 27 percent water loss, it needs approvement,” Lane Bates, the general manager of the HWWSB, said. “The Alabama Rural Water Association found the leak we could not find. It had been going on for four months. We generally average 17 to 20 percent (water loss).” ADEM recommends a water loss of no more than 15 percent.
The leak was located miles off of Highway 129 from a six-inch water line. The ARWA used listening instruments to be able to obtain the leak location.
Bates also mentioned the water works is working on a new risk and resilient plan procedure, which has just been mandated by ADEM. It is due next January.
Haleyville’s water is purchased from Upper Bear Creek and is distributed to Lynn and Nauvoo. Haleyville averages the use of 1.8 million gallons of water on a daily basis.
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