In service of Austin’s growing population, the city pipes wastewater through nearly 2,600 miles of underground pipe to water treatment facilities. As reported by Chris Sadeghi of Austin’s kxan news, however, Austin Water routinely responds to wastewater spills that contaminate Austin’s ground water. While Austin Water Utility (AWU) reportedly clears and cleans nearly 2 million feet of pipe each year, spills seem bound to occur given Austin’s aging infrastructure.
Recently, AWU completed a $400 million capital improvement project that upgraded and fixed a number of portions of the system in an effort to reduce the number of spills in areas that were once problematic. So far, Austin Water has reported a drop-off in reported spills.
While Austin Water certainly provides Austin residents with safe drinking water, they routinely utilize chemicals like chlorine to do so. Chlorine is commonly used by municipalities all over the country to kill dangerous bacteria in the water and on the city’s water disposal system. Once your water reaches your home, however, there is no reason you should not take action to remove it and its rather unpleasant taste.
At American Water TX, our Austin water filtration specialists can help you determine exactly what contaminants are present in your water and, should you choose to do so, help you craft a water filtration system that meets your needs and fits your budget. To learn more about the full line of Kinetico water filters we offer at American Water TX, please give our Austin offices a call at (512) 388-0022 today.