Control of Underground Leakage
Conservation of the water supply has become one of the most important considerations which the modern and up-to-date water works superintendent must always keep in mind. With the rapid growth of communities and with the mounting cost of water works extension, anything which will postpone expensive additions and alterations is of the utmost importance. And this the curb on water waste will accomplish quicker and more thoroughly than anything else. However this work is accomplished, its results are always beneficial.
New York has successfully kept down this waste by means of a leak survey. The work is vested in a group of its employees set apart for this purpose. Other cities have adopted various methods. The Pitometer survey is popular and is an efficient method of waste prevention.
Waste in the distribution system should be controlled from the beginning and should be kept down to the minimum at all times. Unless this is done the necessity for future extension and enlargement of the water works facilities is almost certain to be the result.