According to an article on 11Alive, Atlanta is still losing about 17 million gallons of water every day due to leaks. In fact, Popular Mechanics considers the Atlanta water system to be one of the “10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now“. That’s never good news, but it’s even worse when you consider the drought.
The city says that they’re repairing about 800 leaks per month, and the amount of water being wasted drops by about 1% per year. As Janet Ward, of Atlanta Watershed Management says:
“The problem with the system that as big and as old as Atlanta’s is, you’re never going to repair the last leak. There is always going to be another leak.”
These leaks are a bigger waste of water than the water you flush down your toilet. As we’ve said before, water going down the drain isn’t necessarily “wasted”. However, water that ends up in your grass (or leaking out of pipes underground) won’t be recaptured by the watershed anytime soon, if ever.
Does anyone know if the city has plans to accelerate the improvement of our water infrastructure?