Madras' Missing Water Mystery

By Jim McCoy Mon 28th April NewsMadraswater supply
- A Central Oregon town is trying to figure out what's happening to more than a fifth of its water supply. Madras buys water to resell to city customers. The Bend Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1hItEU8) reports that an engineer working on the city water plan calculates that about 22 percent of the water in 2012 can't be accounted for. That's basically the difference between what the city buys and what it sells customers. The engineer, Hayes McCoy of Redmond, says leaks or bad meters are the likely causes. The city's utilities director, Keith Bedell, says the city hasn't pinpointed answers and will continue to investigate. McCoy says the figure is high, but the situation isn't unusual for Oregon municipal water systems, which often try to keep such unaccounted-for supplies to about 15 percent.

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