Sylvia-Tennessee City-Pond Utility District officials are hoping a changeover to new meters will help reduce the excessive loss of water the district is experiencing. Manager Billy Joe Roberts told the utility’s board of commissioners Wednesday that during the month of April the utility bought 9.7 million gallons from the Water Authority of Dickson County and sold only 6.6 million gallons to its 1,800 customers, meaning the district lost almost 33 percent of its water. State officials have told the utility that water loss rate is excessive and Roberts said the district is trying to determine why it is losing so much water. Roberts told commissioners there have been no complaints of a loss of water pressure concentrated in any one area of the district, which would be an indication of a major leak. Roberts estimates the district is using around 15 percent for monthly flushing and cleaning of lines, but that still leaves almost 175,000 gallons unaccounted for. Commission Chairman Larry Overton said he is anxious to complete the installation of new meters system-wide to see what affect that is going to have on the water loss rate. The district borrowed almost $300,000 to replace all of its meters, some of which are more than 40 years old. The new system allows meters to be read with a handheld device, which also can download individual meter usage information that could be an indication of potential concealed leaks. Roberts said the district has switched out about two-thirds of its meters and has already found a few service line leaks during that process, but not enough to account for a 33 percent water loss. STCP buys all of its water from the Water Authority of Dickson County for $3.95 per 1,000 gallons.