Old and faulty meters to blame for Junction City overuse of water

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Authorities in a northeast Kansas community say old and faulty meters are the biggest reason for an apparent overuse of water.

State officials notified Junction City earlier this month that it was using as much as 30% more water than allotted.

Interim City Manager Cheryl Beatty said today that residents illegally taking water from hydrants are a small percentage of the problem.

Beatty attributes the rest to an aging system of meters that leak and inaccurately report usage.

Beatty says the city will replace more than 9,000  meters over the next two years.

The police department issued a notice July 7th asking the public’s help in identifying the source of the water usage.

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