Despite Drought Conservation, One City Loses Millions Of Gallons Of Water

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City officials in Durham can't account for nearly 600 million gallons of water pumped to customers in June, July, August and September.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Wednesday that the water lost to leaks and other problems is enough to supply city residents for nearly a month.

The lost water was about 14 percent of all shipped from the
treatment plants during the state's dry summer. That's on par with losses experienced in the past year, but above the 10 percent loss
that's considered acceptable.

If the city had lost just that 10 percent of its water to leaks, it would have an extra eight days of water on hand. Durham's latest estimate said the city's water supply stands at 128 days.