Cordell exploring options for water line replacement

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The City of New Cordell has started investigating the possibility of replacing some, and maybe all, of the city’s aging water lines. Three options, complete with price estimates, will be presented to the city council at the next regular meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

Cordell city administrator J.C. Moser said the discussions are in an “extremely preliminary” stage at this point, but also added that the issue is becoming more severe with each passing day, with both water loss and discolored water coming from faucets.

“I do not have any idea what our exact water loss is,” he said. “But I know we lose a lot of water. We’re basically billing for the water we pump out of Foss Reservoir and losing the water we pump out of our own wells.”

Water loss is defined, in municipal utility terms, as any water that is pumped and treated by a water utility but is not billed directly to the system’s rate payers. The cost of water loss is spread indirectly to all rate payers in the form of higher rates for the water billed.


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