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Materials for waterline repairs being purchased by Houston, Texas
11/30/2022 3:39:02 PM


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Houston, TX

Start Date: 1/1/2022
– End Date: 11/30/2022

Houston is prepared to spend more than double its annual spending for waterline repairs after two years of pipe breaks and leaks, partly due to drought. From January through August of 2022, Houston lost nearly 20 billion gallons, which amounts to about $75 million in potential revenue for the water utility system.
The City Council on Nov. 30 approved six emergency purchases related to water infrastructure maintenance totaling $21 million. In the prior five fiscal years, the city spent $9 to $10 million annually to fix broken water pipes, per city records. Such emergency purchases are common during a drought, when extreme heat and dryness put pressure on the pipes due to shifting soils, according to a Houston Public Works spokesperson.
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Nov 30, 2022


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