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Water spews out of a fire hydrant as a San Antonio Water System crew works to fix a water main break near Hunt Ln. and Adams Hill in San Antonio, TX on August 18, 2022.
Broken Pipes

Everything you need to know about Texas’ beleaguered water systems

Texas has more than 7,000 water systems. A fraction of them self-reported that they lost 30 billion gallons of water due to broken pipes and leaks in 2021.

What is water infrastructure? Why does it matter? 

How old are the pipes? 

What affects water infrastructure? 

Water sprays out of a broken pipe in Crockett on April 19, 2023.

Who doesn’t have water infrastructure and needs it? 

Why does the age of pipes matter? 

A sign informs guests of the Emancipation Park Recreation Center in Houston that the city is under a boiled water notice on Nov. 28, 2022.

What happens when water infrastructure breaks? 

What role, if any, does the state play in water infrastructure? 

What are state lawmakers doing this year?

How does the state’s population growth affect water infrastructure? 

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