Jennifer Walker, Deputy Director of Texas Water Programs at the National Wildlife Federation, said Houston fared worse in the report because of an increase in water loss in its distribution system. Water loss rose from 11% four years ago to 17% in its most recent water audit.
“It’s one of those things that’s kind of out of sight, out of mind. The distribution system is underground, a lot of the water loss we don’t see except for those big water main breaks,” Walker said. “But it requires sustained investment over the years to maintain our distribution systems.”
Read more from Katie Watkins with Houston Public Media here.