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State investigating Glade Utility District

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In 2005, the Comptroller’s Office completed an investigative audit of the GUD which concerned a bank deposit of more than $33,000 that could not be accounted for by the utility.

The Comptroller’s Office recommended some changes be made in how the GUD handled deposits which utility officials adopted.

A Wilson Post reader recently asked about new water meters that are being installed by the utility, and Bledsoe said GUD is changing out water meters, but not because the old ones were over-charging customers, as the reader suggested.           He said the new meters will actually help customers as well as the utility employees to find and stop leaks.           “The new meters have an automatic reading function that will detect abnormal use amounts so we can tell the customers and they can check for leaks,” Bledsoe said Monday.           He added that the old meters do give bad readings, but the readings are lower than the total water actually used, not higher.           “As the meters get older they slow down,” he said. “And it doesn’t mater what brand they are, all of them slow down over time.”          The need to replace the meters was caused solely by age, he said. “We use a chlorine compound to kill bacteria, the same as most water districts do. We call it bleach, because it is a liquid, unlike pure chlorine which is a gas.”           He said they use the liquid for safety reasons.  Chlorine is an odorless gas so if there is a leak you can’t smell it, he said.           He also said the GUD water meets all state and federal standards for drinking water and that consumers do not need to worry about water quality.          He also said the water district consistently pumps more water than it charges to customers.           “We always pump more than customers account for, because we have leaks and we have to flush lines,” he said. The employees watch the levels in the district’s water storage tanks, and if one goes down too fast crews are called in to find the leak, according to Bledsoe.

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