Renewing Austin is an ongoing program to replace and upgrade aging water lines.
The pipes running below our streets carry the very lifeblood of our community, but aging water infrastructure is a major problem. Austin Water is protecting our city's water infrastructure by investing in upgrades and repairs of the existing water lines, as part of the Renewing Austin program. The Utility has used acoustic technology to inspect more than 1,500 miles of water lines for leaks. That information is now being used to choose which water lines to include in the new construction project enhance our active leak detection program.
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This five-year program will be the first part of a sustained, long-term approach to ensuring the reliability of Austin’s water distribution system. Austin Water will partner with the Public Works Department whose project management staff will supervise construction. Austin Water will also coordinate with Public Works to replace water lines when streets are under construction for maintenance and other utility work.
Cities across the nation are facing the demands of upgrading aging water lines. According to a recent report by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), more than $1 trillion dollars needs to be spent between now and 2035 to replace the nation’s aging water distribution system.
Last summer, Austin Water experienced a record number of water leaks because of extreme drought conditions. By implementing Renewing Austin, the Utility is leading the way in water conservation and reliability of water services.