If you are experiencing no water or a major water line emergency, check to see if it has been reported on our Leak Response Map. If the issue has not been reported, immediately call (512) 972-1000.

For smaller leaks, such as trickling, puddling, or flows down the street, submit a Leak Report Form.

Austin Water is responsible for maintaining and repairing water mains throughout our service area. Property owners are responsible for service lines past the meter and internal plumbing issues.

Detecting Leaks at Your Property

How to locate your water meter:

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How to read your meter

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Water Saving Tips and Leak Detection:

Water leaks can cost you money and waste water. Here is what you can do if you suspect a leak:

Check your Utility bill

Compare your current water usage on your utility bill to the same months of previous years. Unusually high water usage may indicate a leak.

Check your Water Meter

Write down a meter reading, and check it again a few hours later (make sure not to use any water while performing this test).

Try a Slow Leak Test

Stop using any water and watch the small triangular-shaped dial located on your water meter for a few minutes. The dial will move or spin if there is a leak. Small or slow leaks will cause the dial to spin very slowly while more significant leaks will cause the dial to turn quickly.

Check for Indoor Leaks
  • Toilets: If your toilet has a leak, you could be wasting about 200 gallons of water every day. Check for toilet leaks by adding several drops of food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes.
     
  • Faucets & Showerheads: Check all faucets and showerheads for drips. A slow drip can waste as much as 20 gallons of water each day. Austin Water offers free conservation tools, including a water-efficient showerhead & faucet aerator.
     
  • Washing Machine & Dishwasher: Look for water on the floor near your washing machine or dishwasher, it could be a leak.
     
  • Water Heater: Water dripping down the side of the tank could mean the pressure relief valve is stuck.
Outdoor Leaks
  • Irrigation System: Check the irrigation system for damage, especially before turning the system back on for the spring and summer irrigation season and after mowing your lawn.
     
  • Soggy Spots: Soft, soggy, spots in your yard or uneven plant growth might be a sign of a leak in your underground water pipes.
     
  • Home Foundation: Standing water around the foundation could mean your underground pipes have become damaged. 
     
  • Lookout for Algae: A buildup of algae on the ground or walls around the outdoor spigot may be the result of an undetected leak.
     
  • Pool Levels: Use a grease pencil to mark the desired water level, watch for a drop of 6 inches or more per month. This amount typically indicates a leak. Be sure to check the pumps as well as the area around the water pump for any signs of escaping water.

Find more Austin Water Conservation Tips at WaterWiseAustin.org 

Leak Repair Process

Every effort is made to respond to leak reports quickly and with as few disruptions as possible. Once a leak has been reported, the following steps are taken to repair the leak:

Leak Investigation

An Austin Water technician is routed to confirm the leak's location, size, and severity. Once confirmed, crews are routed or scheduled to make the repair. 

Leak Repairs

Austin Water crews are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, to repair leaks and broken water lines. Waterline repair often involves traffic control for rerouting traffic and roadway repair. Austin Water coordinates with Austin's Transportation and Public Works Departments, as required. 

Water Outages

Austin Water crews maintain infrastructure through a variety of activities such as exercising valves, pressure and flow testing, and leak detection, among other preventative maintenance services. Additionally, in a rapidly growing city, development requires tie-ins to existing infrastructure to establish new connections. These activities often require a test and subsequent temporary shutout for our customer base and are reflected in this map. 
 

Bill Adjustments

If you have experienced a leak that resulted in a higher than average bill, submit a request for a water leak bill adjustment.

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