- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

SHARON SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - The upstate New York village of Sharon Springs has apparently sprung some very big leaks.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports (http://bit.ly/1rQD45g ) that an audit released Thursday by the state comptroller’s office found unaccounted water usage in Sharon Springs totals nearly 37 million gallons annually. That’s about 60 percent of the water produced in the Schoharie County village located 45 miles west of Albany.

State auditors say the industry standard is 10 percent, and they warn that the missing water could be a sign of a “significant infrastructure problem.”

The audit says the lost water results in average water production costs per resident that are nearly double those of similar-sized villages.

Village officials agreed to most of the audit’s recommendations, but say they already took steps to address the problem.

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Information from: The Daily Gazette, http://www.dailygazette.com/

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