East Spencer discusses water loss in system

EAST SPENCER — Despite a rehab of its aging water system, the town of East Spencer is still losing an estimated $100,000 worth of water a year, said Town Administrator Macon Sammons.

Sammons informed the board during its Monday meeting that the staff is working with Salisbury-Rowan Utilities and a state nonprofit group to determine the site of the leakage.

It’s been an ongoing situation, he said, but the town is in the midst of resolving it. He hopes the town will have determined the source after June 1.

Sammons said all systems have some loss of water and on average the town could normally expect a 10- to 15-percent loss. The town is also working with the N.C. Rural Water Association to help them determine the leakage and how to fix it.

About five years ago, the town replaced the old water lines because they were leaking. Sammons said the new pipes did help with water loss, but now the town is looking at the possibility of replacing more water lines.

The board also:

• Received a report from planning and code enforcement regarding a South Long Street home that may be available for a live burn training for the fire department. The department is waiting on further paperwork that will determine if the home will be released to be burned. Planning Director F.E. Isenhour said they were possibly looking to a potential buyer to purchase the home and repair it.

• Met new Public Works employee Desmond Miles, who replaces Michael Gatewood. Gatewood was just introduced to the board during its April meeting.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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