Officials in the Ontario town of Owen Sound are hard at work fixing the many water leaks that have plagued the city over recent years.
One of the ways the city is hoping to cut down on water loss is through more frequent accurate leak detection measures, according to The Sun Times. Currently, officials only check for water leaks every three years, but the city is considering a switch to every two years. Much of the loss is due to leaky pipes and frequent water main breaks.
Town officials would like to see the annual water loss rate fall to 10 percent. Right now, it hovers around 19 percent, which is enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 222 times, according to the news source. In 2006, the city lost an average of 26 percent of its water supply to leakage.
To pay for the cost of frequent repairs, town officials say they will raise the cost of water by 10 percent annually over the next few years. The Conference Board of Canada, an organization that tracks various quality-of-life measures in the country, has said the current cost of water services is too low to encourage efficient usage.