Water leaks persist across City of Houston despite cooler temperatures

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
ABC13 obtained new data from the city's public works department and obtained the latest numbers when it comes to water leaks in Houston during these cooler temps.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It's been cooler for weeks now, but the City of Houston is still struggling with water leaks.

New data from the city's public works department dated November 10th said there is still a daily average of around 300 leaks per day in water infrastructure.

It was over 500 a day during the summer, but the average was less than 100 a day late in the spring.

It's also still taking two to five weeks to fix minor leaks, much to the chagrin of people ABC13 spoke with Tuesday morning who work near one at Almeda Genoa and Radio Road in southeast Houston.

"I just came to work, and it was just bubbling and looking like a stream of water," David Rice said. "That's a lot of good, clean water to be broken like that."

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For two months, Houston residents near Memorial Park have been coping with a major water leak, causing a stream to gush into the street on T.C. Jester Boulevard.

The leak has been active since early November, so it's still below the city's current repair window.

City officials have previously told us they strive to have leaks repaired in eight days or less.

A spokesperson from the public works department told ABC13 that the one we visited Tuesday along Almeda Genoa should be repaired by Friday.

Overall, the data from the department said approximately 6,550 leaks have been fixed by city crews and outside contractors since June 1.

Editorial Note: A previous version of this story said the city was still averaging 500 leaks a day.

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