A significant amount of reported water loss at the Greencastle City Water Plant has officials scrambling to find the answer.
City Utilities Supervisor George Russell told the city council Tuesday night that the latest calculation shows the plant with a 27-percent loss. And the problem keeps getting worse.
"We're not giving up on finding it," Russell said of the effort to find the source of the missing water.
The former water plant supervisor, the late Terry Dale, told Russell that a 10-percent loss is not uncommon, but 27 percent is significant.
"And it's getting worse," Russell said Tuesday night.
The issue of water loss has come up several times in the last few months with officials checking meters in and outside the plant and trying to account for the excessive water loss. They say they've looked into the local factories to see if they could be drawing an excessive amount of water.
"It's big users somewhere that are causing this problem," Russell said.
He quickly refined his statement to say: "It's big meters somewhere that are causing the problem."
When asked by the council how much money this loss represented for the city, Russell responded that it is a significant amount of money.
The discussion ended with Russell telling the council he was going to keep investigating the problem and hoped to find a solution within the next couple of months.