Consider how much water can be lost through a pinhole leak over a period of a month. “Unaccounted for” water is a major source of lost revenue for most utilities.
Water loss as a result of a leak .63 cm diameter (1/4”) can mean a loss of 14,952 gallons per day. If undetected for a period of 34 days, over ½ million gallons are lost, plus resultant water damage or underground water undercutting. The following table shows leak sizes and their approximate loss in the gallons from a pressurized 60 psi pipeline. A pinhole leak can mean an average loss of 18,000 gallons of water per quarter, equaling normal demand from the average family home.
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