In 2014, Austin-area utilities lost 7 billion gallons of water
Austin American Statesman, October 9, 2015
One early Wednesday morning in Northwest Austin last year, RM 2222 just west of MoPac Boulevard collapsed, the consequence of a sudden flood of water pouring forth from a cracked 20-inch underground pipe, one that dated back to the 1950s.
Traffic would not return to normal till that Friday, and officials estimated that 1.5 million gallons of water were lost over two hours in the water main break, or roughly the amount used by 15 average Austin homes over an entire year.
In 2014, as Central Texas made its way through a debilitating drought, Central Texas communities lost more than 7 billion gallons of treated water, some from sudden spills like the MoPac mishap, or because water found its way out of leaky pipes or, due to faulty meters, was never properly accounted for.