Leak Detection/Location Survey Report for the Fairco Water Company, Bexar County, Texas: December 13, 1995-March 8, 1996

Author Gapinski JE and Shipley JR (Edwards Aquifer Authority)
Year 1996
Description Leak detection and location survey report for Fairco Watrr Company, 1996. Note: this function was taken over by the San Antonio Water System in 2006.
Publisher Edwards Aquifer Authority
Location Bexar County
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On November 20, 1995, the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) received a request fromthe Fairco Water Company to perform a leak detection I location survey on its waterdistribution system. A pre-survey conference was held November 15, 1995, at the FaircoWater Company Office to discuss the work to be performed. It was agreed that EAA would perform sonic leak detection on all available access points and computerized leak location as needed. A final report, including any unusual system condition found and an updated master water plat would be submitted to the Company at the conclusion of the survey.

John E. Gapinski of EAA began the survey on December 13, 1995. The survey was concluded on March 8, 1996. Over the course of the survey, EAA surveyed a total of 3,320 access points including 1,697 customer service connections, 973 service valves, 82 fire hydrants, 529 main valves, and 39 other access points covering 47.58 miles of distribution main.

EAA surveyors detected 20 utility side leaks and 12 customer side leaks for a total of 32 leaks. The utility side leaks included 10 service leaks, 4 meter box leaks, 4 main leak, and 2 fire hydrant leaks. EAA estimates 98, 148 gallons of water per day has been saved by the repair of 20 utility side leaks as of April 18, 1996. The leaks discovered during the survey range from 71,280 gallons per day to small meter box leaks.

As part of the survey, EAA located 1,010 valves of various types, 4 fire hydrants, and 2,750 feet of main not shown on the master water plats. EAA surveyors were unable to locate 147 valves of various types and 1 fire hydrant shown on the master water plats. An additional 13 items were discovered to need cleaning, repair, or replacement.