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Findlay prepares to repair water treatment leaks

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Findlay's water treatment plant has leaked 80-100,000 gallons of drinkable water over the past five years. Findlay's water treatment plant has leaked 80-100,000 gallons of drinkable water over the past five years.
FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Findlay's water treatment plant has leaked 80-100,000 gallons of drinkable water over the past five years. The city has made plans to fix the problem.

The leak is predicted to be about 30 feet underground. An underground clearwell is also leaking, which holds treated water waiting to be used.

"It's like having a glass of water with a small hole at the bottom," explained Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Jeff Newcomer. "We're continuously adding water to it, but it's continuously leaking out."

Water is also leaking into the water treatment building itself, creating further problems.

Construction to fix the leak could start this fall, but will take some time.

"Dig six inches, verify what you got, dig six or 12 inches, verify what you got," Newcomer said. "So it's going to be a long, slow, tedious process because we can't afford to break anything, additionally."

Estimated costs for the project vary. The city appropriated $600,000 to fix the leaks, but according to Newcomer, it may cost about $1 million. Additional funds will come from money collected from water bills. The city plans on repairing both leaks at the same time to cut down on costs.

"We'll have one project," City Service Director Paul Schmelzer said. "We won't have the site disturbed twice, because there are some significant depths involved."

Plans for how to go about the repairs are still under review.

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