CENTERBURG — Hilliar Township trustees met in emergency session Wednesday morning to try to find a solution for a major water leak at the Centerburg Cemetery, which is owned by the township.
The township was informed by the village Tuesday that there was a leak in the cemetery water system, which was losing up to 4,000 gallons a of water a day. The trustees shut off the water, but now they have to figure out what to do.
Trustee Don McCracken said the village recently added a water meter to charge the township for its water use and will be charging double rates, since the cemetery as well as the Centerburg Park, are outside the village limits.
McCracken said the leak was thought to be at the faucet near the flagpole at the front of the cemetery, but when the faucet area was dug up, they didn’t find any leak. They did find the water system in the cemetery is made of cast iron pipe, which may be impossible to fix even if they find the leak.
The trustees — McCracken, Roger Hall and Gail Morey — discussed their possible options before going to the cemetery to meet Joe Hardin from the village, who said that by using a stethoscope, he was able to hear the leak at the faucet, but he had been unable to trace the water line from the village meter into the cemetery.
There were no obvious signs of a leak in the cemetery, which led the trustees to decide it must be draining into a drainage tile.
Until they determine what is happening with the system, the trustees decided to keep the water system turned off. However, since having water available is a convenience to people planting flowers, especially this time of year, they decided to set up a 110-gallon storage tank Hall offered near the cemetery entrance so people can get water.
“We can get through the holiday with the portable tank, but we have to have a resolution reasonably soon,” McCracken said.
Morey seemed to speak for all three when he said they did not want to be digging up the driveway before Memorial Day.