851 Million Gallons of Water Missing in Iowa: ‘We Just Don’t Know Where It Went’


Hundreds of millions of gallons of treated water are unaccounted for in Waterloo, Iowa — an ironic name given the situation.

The Waterloo Water Works said it is missing 851 million gallons of water. According to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, that’s enough to fill 1,300 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

“Frankly, we just don’t know where it went,” General Manager Dennis Clark told the Courier of the water unaccounted for in 2013.

Some, but perhaps not all, is non-metered water used for flushing hydrants and water mains and putting out fires, Clark told KWWL-TV .

“A lot of these things are hard to quantify so these go in this big bucket we call ‘unaccounted for water.’ That unaccounted for water is a factor of life for running a municipal utility company,” Clark told the news station.

Other sources of loss could be leaks, which the municipality is working to identify and repair quickly.

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