Matamoras Conducts Water
Main Leak Detection Survey
MATAMORAS — Last week, the Municipal Authority conducted its first mobile water main leak-detection survey for the entire system in the borough and the part of Westfall Township served by the authority, according to Operations Manager Kathy Foss. Contractor Prowler Water Leak Services Company of Leicester, Mass., performed the detection. A technician wearing headphones cruised through the borough streets on a two-wheeled Segway bike listening for the sound of water leaks detected through an ultra-sensitive microphone.
The technician listened for leaks in mains and at the connection to service lines connecting the main to each residential or commercial property. According to Foss, every water main system anywhere has at least some leaks. The Prowler is a state-of-the-art system that is better than the prevailing detection method, according to authority board member, Borough Councilman Dave Clark. Clark said, “The Prowler leak-detection process will save the authority a lot of money and this allows the authority to maintain its current billing rates.
“We’ve gone four years without a rate increase and we want to continue to not raise rates. Right now, the authority’s average water bill is $40 a month, while the statewide average is $64 a month. “The authority plans to conduct a follow-up survey to check for leaks every other year. The Authority timed this survey to be done prior to our next water-main replacement project, which is in Westfall Township. “That way, if we had to do major work to fix a leak, it could all be tied together. The project would start this fall.” The Authority replaced borough mains in 2007, according to Foss. The authority received funding for the Westfall project with grant money from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Clark said, “The project is out to bid now so we expect bids to be awarded soon. We expect to begin the Westfall project in the fall... for complete story, get this week's issue.