Mystery Water Leak Baffles Town Of Pamplin - - ABC13

Mystery Water Leak Baffles Town Of Pamplin


Pamplin, VA - The town of Pamplin has had a major water leak since October, but they can't figure out where it is. They are losing about 12,000 gallons of water a day.  

The town sent out a letter to its residents earlier this week, informing them of the leak. Many were not aware of the leak since it is not directly affecting them.

"I just didn't even realize we were losing that much," said Pamplin resident, Tammy Canter.

"There's a lot of water being wasted and nobody knows where it's going," said Pamplin resident Gladys Gafford.

The town of Pamplin has two wells that pump close to ten thousand gallons of water a day to their customers.  When their well meters started reading double that, they knew they had a problem.

Pamplin water officials checked each of their 24 fire hydrants to try to find the leak.

After the hydrants, water officials moved on to checking customers' meters. The numbers just did not add up, there was no change in water usage.

"It's not that we've been inactive on it, we've been working on it right away, but fortunately, pumps are keeping up with demand that's the reason we don't have a flat out crisis here," said Robert G. Mitchell who is the Mayor of Pamplin.

Keeping up with the demand, but the extra 10,000 gallons is not reaching the customers.

"This is going someplace and we just don't know where," said Mitchell.

The Mayor said the strange thing is they cannot find any evidence of this massive leak, only the readings. He says they have checked the meters at the pumps and everything seems to be working correctly; a mystery they'd really like to solve.

"We can fix it once we find it. Every once and a while we've had a big leak in the past but they've been very evident," said Mitchell.

The Mayor said the next step is to turn off water lines one at a time. He said the town is working with the Rural Water Association and they will measure the pressure of each line as they turn it off. They are hoping they can find the leak by process of elimination.

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