Crews hired by the Triview Metropolitan District Water Board found a major leak on Saturday that they believe is the cause of more than 50 million gallons of missing water.
The leak was in a pipe in an older part of the Triview system, near Bear Creek Elementary School in Monument. Coincidentally water board officials had held a public meeting at the school just a couple of hours before the leak was discovered to talk with water customers about the missing water, and what they were doing to solve the problem.
The board first started noticing a problem back in June when their water usage jumped drastically, averaging around 2 million gallons of water per day, more than the 1.8 million gallons their wells could handle…
In all the water board estimates more than 50 million gallons of water were lost in the month of June.
The part of the system with the leak has been shut off, and is expected to be repaired within the next few days. The shut off should not affect residential water customers, it mainly services parks.
The water board vice president Mark Melville tells 11 News they expect to remove the current watering ban on Monday, and customers would be able to go back to watering their lawns up to three days per week.
Melville said he was extremely excited when he was told the leak had been found.
Mark Melville/Triview Metropolitan District Water Board President: “It was a tremendous relief because our residents are counting on us to provide them with all these resources. When you’re out you realize how key water is and I felt personally like we were letting them down.”
There is no word yet on how the millions of gallons of lost water and the cost to find and repair it will affect water customers’ bills, but possible rate increases will be discussed at the board’s next meeting on Tuesday, July 12th.