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Fixing leaks, saving money in Tishomingo

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Teams are checking for leaks in the Tishomingo water system. (KTEN) Teams are checking for leaks in the Tishomingo water system. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- The Department of Environmental Quality is working with the City of Tishomingo to trim the water bills of residents.

Working with the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, the DEQ is testing city pipes for leaks. The city reported 68 percent water loss throughout the past year.

"It'll continue to get bigger and bigger and bigger, which is a cost for the city in energy, chemicals, manpower," said leak detection specialist Mike Westmoreland. "You're running your pumps that much more to try to fill that line, but that leak is taking the water away and it's not serving the public."

The DEQ will be testing for leaks for several weeks, and much of their work will be done at night.

"There's less water usage at night than there is during the day," Westmoreland explained. "If we hear something with our leak detection devices -- listening devices and stuff like that -- at night, it's more than likely going to be a leak.

The DEQ works with cities all across Oklahoma to help with this problem, saving 600,000 gallons over the past year.

"If you take that 600,000 gallons -- and that was through 11 systems, not just in one system -- so anytime you find water and you save the district, or municipality, that's just water back in their pockets," Westmoreland said.

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