Carolina Beach Water Loss

Two coastal communities say they are working on improvements to cut down on unaccounted water.

Carolina Beach officials couldn't account for 25 percent of the
town's water last year. That's a large improvement since 2004, when
it couldn't account for nearly 75 percent of the water.

State officials say unaccounted water use should be no more than
15 percent. Officials say Carolina Beach could save as much as
$393,000 by reducing its rate.

Town Manager Tim Owens says about 400 meters have been released.

Wilmington says it's cut its rate from nearly 40 percent in 2002
to about 13 percent.

The improvements came after Wilmington officials closely watched
fire hydrants, water line flushing and other uses that weren't
metered and ended up in the unaccounted category.