Jonesborough water customers asked to hunt, report leaksWhile town leaders are proud of Jonesborough’s nearly perfect water system rating and the quality of the water provided to its customers, they are still looking for ways to improve.
One area of ongoing concern is possible leaks within the large water system that serves from the Unicoi County line to Fall Branch, and the Greene County line to Johnson City, leaders said.
Leaks occur, and in the geological conditions of Northeast Tennessee, water leaking from a pipe may or may not show up on the surface.
While the town has staff constantly looking for leaks by using various forms of leak detection equipment, Jonesborough water customers are now being asked to help.
Customers are encouraged to report any surface water that does not dry up or seems to run like a spring.
A patch of very green grass where all the other grass around is brown can be a sign.
Also, sometimes you can hear a water leak underground.
Helping Jonesborough find leaks saves the customers’ money because the cost of producing treated water has to be covered, whether or not the water is actually used, leaders said.
Reducing leaks helps the town operate longer with its existing treatment plant postponing a need to expand.
Leaks can be reported 24 hours a day by calling Town Hall at 753-1031 or 753-1040.