The Town of Ladysmith will provide a water leak adjustment of $11,758.45 to pay for a leak that amounted to a loss of the volume of nearly two olympic swimming pools.
“This is a tragic loss of our super clean water, but I never want to saddle anyone with this kind of bill. These things happen,” said Coun. Marsh Stevens.
The leak caused a loss of 4,847m3, according to town staff. The property owner discovered a leak on the main line connecting the water metre to the house on June 11 this year and it was repaired on June 14.
Property owners are required by bylaw to repair leaks causing high consumption within 45 days of notification.
“Just like the town has been experiencing a lot of our service lines leak because of the age and the type of materials and things, so are homeowners on the private side,” said Ira Adams, senior engineering technologist. “We are seeing a lot of private homeowners reporting leaks and asking for their services to be shut down so that they can repair them.”