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Jun 1, 2015 2:42 PM

Dover still looking for source of a massive water leak


DOVER - The city is losing about 1 million gallons of water per day because of a leak the Public Works department is unable to identify.

“It could be anywhere,” said Bill Boulanger, Superintendent of Public Works. “Underground in city pipes or possibly in homeowner’s backyard, but we’re working to track it down.”

A similar leak was traced to the downtown area in 2012 when the city was losing water at a rapid pace - but this time the leak isn’t as obvious.

Public Works is using pods that use sound waves to detect running water in the middle of the night, when usage should be at its lowest.

“People should start looking for large pools of water that are accumulating where they normally wouldn’t," Boulanger said. "That’s one sign of the leak and they should call us because we want to be able to investigate.”

“I do worry about that because I already get a little water in my basement, and if there’s more of a leak I am concerned,” Dover resident Marjie Hippern said.

“I’m sounding a little selfish I guess but I hope they find the leak soon. I don’t want to be paying for that,” she said.

The Department of Public Works told NH1 News no one is getting charged or should see an increase on their water bills for the loss of water.

If they cannot identify the leak soon, a water restriction may have to be put on the city.

"We are losing much more than we put out, and that's not good," Boulanger said.


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