The Texas Water Development Board approved two loans this month to fund water infrastructure improvements in Austin. These loans total over $167 million and are aimed at the long-term use of water in the city. That money will fund two different projects, one of which will replace the city’s current water meter system with smart meters. Bech Bruun, Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, said that this will increase accuracy and timeliness of information about water use. “The main driver behind water loss issues is aging infrastructure,” he said. “We’ve got water lines that have been in place for a long time. They need to be repaired, they need regular maintenance, and that costs money.
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