by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
Royalton City Council approved the hiring of Water Conservation Services Inc. of Lino Lakes to complete a water system survey of Royalton water lines. City water usage records indicate that as many as 7 million gallons of water were unaccounted for in 2012.
Thirty-four point eight million gallons of water were pumped out to city mains, but only 27 million made it to city water meters.
“The assumption is that the leak is between the pumping station and city residences,” said City Council Member Ron Verley.
While attending a rural water class in Waite Park, Public Works Supt. Lee Popp listened to a speaker discuss water loss.
“Tony Schrantz of Water Conservation Services talked about the method they use to pinpoint a leak,” Popp said. “I think this would be good for Royalton.”
The surveys are generally conducted to help find water main leaks which have not surfaced. Acoustic leak detection is used, hooking the electronic listening and correlating equipment to two hydrants. Based on the sound coming back to the computer being used, a reading is given showing the location of the leak.
Royalton water lines include 74 hydrants.
The cost of the survey is $1,100. The revenue that could potentially have been generated by 7 million gallons of water is as much as $7,000.
“It’s just simply math; we can justify spending that,” Verley said.
The survey will be done in the spring.
Other business that came before the Royalton City Council Tuesday evening included:
• Hearing that Royalton School Supt. Dr. Ellerbusch will transport anyone willing to accompany him to the State Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 20 in support of Schools for Equity in Education;
• Learning from School Board Member Jim Block that the district is looking into setting up a used oil collection site at the high school;
• Hearing from Public Works Supt. Lee Popp that construction has begun on the two park bridges. Six 10-foot sections are being built inside, to be moved into place when weather allows;
• Learning that the city-wide garage sale will be May 11 and the all-wheels rodeo June 1;
• Hearing that the rescue squad has eight openings;
• Authorizing a partial payment to Burski Excavating for work done on the new main lift station and more powerful pump;
• Approving the purchase of 1.62 acres rather than 1.19 acres for the city’s new well site, due to encumbrances on the land;
• Setting Saturday, Apr. 27 as the city’s clean-up day, from 8 – 11 a.m.
• Declining to provide a requested donation as it was not a budgeted item;
• Adopting a resolution accepting the well sealing grant agreement with Clean Water, Land and Legacy Agreement for up to $4,738. The city has until 2014 to complete the sealing of well 1;
• Listening to a report from Planning and Zoning Supervisor Tim Majaski about ordinance revisions. “No other city in Minnesota has an alternative energy ordinance,” Majeski said;
• Approving a resolution to commit $30,000 toward the Safe Routes to School project, contingent on receiving a $300,000 grant; and
• Setting Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. as the time for a planning meeting.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Royalton City Council will be Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the City Complex.