- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - In 2014 alone, Austin and its surrounding communities lost 7 billion gallons of treated water to spills, leaky pipes, malfunctioning meters or causes that remain a mystery - exacerbating a drought punishing the area and Texas in general.

The Austin American Statesman reports (https://atxne.ws/1RzXIkC) that Georgetown, north of the capital, led the region by losing 18 percent of its water, or around 850 million gallons worth about $1 million in production costs and retail value.

Austin lost 13 percent of its water, or around 4.5 billion gallons. That’s enough to meet the needs of about 45,000 local households, and cost the city $6.8 million.

Elsewhere, Bastrop lost 17 percent, or 75 million gallons of water worth about $70,000.

Across the country, utilities report generally losing about 15 percent of water.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com


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