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The case of the missing water solved by hikers

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
7/6/2014

After reading the local newspaper story about millions of gallons of water gone missing from East Quincy Services District on plumasnews.com, Danielle and Jesse Frid put two and two together.

They had noticed on several different hikes in their neighborhood that water was gushing out of an overflow pipe near a water tank off Clough Street in their East Quincy neighborhood.


In EQSD’s search to locate the water leak, which appears to have been occurring for the last couple months, district staff checked all of the district’s wells, tanks and valves, but could find no leaks.

When the couple called Tuesday, June 24 to say the water was gushing out right then, staff went to the site and determined there was a problem with the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system and a discrepancy in the levels set.

Based on the amount of flow gushing from the overflow pipe, the district determined that it was indeed the source of its missing millions of gallons of water. Staff worked with Sierra Controls and fixed the problem last week, interim general manager Shawneen Howe said.

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Robert Lockwood Monday, 07 July 2014
Obviously the "district staff" needs to be replaced.
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What did EQSD Board and GM do for our two new heroes? A years free water maybe? They saved a lot more water than that, that is for sure! That would be a small thing to do for these two young Quincians!
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5.07 MILLION gallons "lost" in April & May alone....not counting June wasted water up to June 24.
That's a level of waste of scarce public water resources approaching a criminal level of negligence.
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Yes, heads need to roll. If the staff can't find this problem themselves then how can they protect us from someone deliberately contaminating the water! I hope the grand jury will look into this issue.
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