Austin water pipe leaks could fill Lady Bird Lake twice, in 2015

For three years running, Austin Water Utility has posted an increase in the amount of water leaked from city pipes, and utility officials have not pinpointed exactly why.

The city’s latest water loss report shows more than 5.8 billion gallons of treated drinking water seeped from city pipes before reaching customers in 2015—a 23 percent increase over the previous year, according to annual water loss audits submitted to the Texas Water Development Board.

“We have not identified or pinpointed why we would have an increase in a year over year [leaks],” said Rick Coronado, assistant director of pipeline operations with the utility. “Looking at the last three years, we have seen a trend of increase.”  …Read more from KXAN