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Millions of gallons of water leaked from Cheney's system


Last updated 4/25/2019 at 4:43pm

John McCallum

Cheney Public Works Director Todd Ableman shows a piece of steel water pipe removed from 5th and Elm streets that had been leaking up to 200 gallons per minute since late December.


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Cheney typically averages about 700 gallons per minute in water usage from October to about mid-May, an amount easily produced by the city's two oldest wells located next to the Pence Union Building on the Eastern Washington University campus.

So when water department personnel began seeing other pumps kick on in late December/early January in order to meet demand, they knew they had some problems somewhere in the system.

Public Works Director Todd Ableman said leak detection work done in the fall had alerted them to some possible issues with portions of the...

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