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Atlanta residents believe city is wasting water

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Atlanta residents living on Spring Valley Lane in the Morningside neighborhood said they've run into a dead end.

"This has gone on for a long time and it's a good flow of water," resident Ian Horrigan said.

The dead end is that they can't get the city to repair a water leak in the road.

"It's just wasting, it's complete wastefulness. It's irresponsible," resident Rebecca Blouin said.

Residents said the leak surfaced last month after the city completed repairs to a damaged sewer line.

Lynda Brookshire complained to the city about the leak five weeks ago, but nothing has happened.

"For it to go on for five weeks and not see anything done about it to me is a bit too long,"  Brookshire said.

So how much water is the city wasting? CBS Atlanta took a gallon jug and filled it up with the running water in four minutes. If you do the math, that's 360 gallons of water going down the drain a day. Residents said the problem has been going on for five weeks. That's over 12,000 gallons of water wasted.

"It's got to be addressed and somebody needs to come out here and do something," Blouin said.

CBS Atlanta News contacted the water department to find out what they plan to do to slow down the leak or stop it all together. They sent a crew out to investigate, but no repair work has begun.

"I saw the news truck and I was just on my way out and I just thought 'well now that you're here maybe something will get done,'" Horrigan said.

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