Nearly 1 in 10 gallons of water vanishes as it flows through pipes and mains in Sacramento’s antiquated drinking-water utility system.
That’s an estimate. No one really knows for sure how much water is lost. Almost half of the city utility’s nearly 126,000 residential connections don’t have meters tracking and tallying how much they use. Because of this, there’s no way of precisely knowing how much water goes missing because of leaky pipes, loose connections, theft or at city hydrants.
Officials at Sacramento’s Department of Utilities aren’t the only ones in the region guessing at the percentage of the water that disappears from municipal pipes.
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