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Water Department authorities said a water leak early today was pinpointed at an industrial firm, but not before 4 million gallons of water were lost.

Gerry Grose of the city Water Department said an internal problem at the Great Lakes Carbon Co. plant at 1600 Niagara Falls Blvd. led to the water loss overnight.

Officials said the water, which leaked into a field near the CECOS plant at 56th Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard, was recorded on Great Lakes Carbon's meter and the company will be billed for the cost.

"A company plumber isolated the leak shortly before 10 a.m. and our pumpage is back to normal," Grose said.

He said earlier that the amount pumped went from a full day's estimate of 25 million gallons to 37 million gallons as the result of the loss, which was discovered at 2 a.m. today. Police began a check of water mains, and various plants were contacted to determine the extended use.

It was estimated about 4 million gallons was actually lost at the company plant.

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