St. Pete is hemorrhaging water, costing the city millions per year

Charlie Frago, Tampa Bay Times on October 26, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG - The city is losing water.

On an average day, the city buys more than four million gallons from the region's water supplier than it sells to residents and businesses, according to an audit earlier this month. That costs the city - and its customers - $3.4 million annually.

Some of the water goes to clean city pipes by flushing them. However, much of it is used by customers but fails to register on what the city acknowledges are thousands of faulty residential meters.

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