A leaky pipe that has been gushing over a million gallons of water per day will finally be fixed.
City officials say the pipe, on Wausau's west side, was leaking 1.4 million gallons of water into Bos Creek, near 14th Ave and Fleet Farm.
They estimate it was gushing the water for about a year, and cost the city over $460 daily.
After the city realized they had higher than normal water loss last year, they hired Wenstrum Leak Detection Inc, to inspect the pipes. After the leak was found last Friday, more leaks were discovered.
"We knew we were losing the water but we didn't know where," says Robert Thompson, Assistant Superintendent for Wausau Water Works. "We were in the process of testing our main meters in the plants and wells. Then we were looking at leak detection because [we thought that] maybe it was an area where you wouldn't notice."
A contractor will start excavating the pipe on Monday. They hope to have everything back up and running by the end of the week. The cause of the leak is still under investigation and a cost for fixing the leaks has yet to be determined.
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