Water workers in Austin repair leaky water pipes and distribute bottled water to the population

Repairs to a 48-inch water main began Friday morning in southwest Austin.

“We discovered the leak last week, determined its location, excavated the pipe to determine the repair work needed, and then scheduled that work so we could warn our customers as early as possible,” said Shay Ralls Roalson, director of Austin Water.

Ralls Roalson says the line was only leaking a tiny bit, but that the line serves about 50,000 to 60,000 people in southwest Austin, so it was important to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

The repair is not expected to leave people without water, but there will be some disruption.

“If everything goes according to plan, hopefully there will be no impact on our customers. Some customers may feel less pressure, but that's why we're asking people to be frugal,” said Shay Ralls Roalson.

Demands for greater environmental friendliness include turning off irrigation systems, refraining from watering outdoor areas, and refraining from washing clothes and turning on the dishwasher.

Ralls Roalson says Austin Water took precautions before starting repairs, but it is important that residents in the affected area do their part.

“Before we started repairs, we filled all of our water reservoirs and all of our tanks in southwest Austin. So the more people conserve and the less water they use, the longer the water will last until we can complete repairs and return to normal operations,” Ralls Roalson said.


While crews worked to repair the leaky pipe, cars drove by Bowie High School to distribute water bottles to southwest Austin water customers affected by the repair.

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