About the Water Department
The City of Buda Water Department is currently made up of three water operators and three technicians. The department has been delivering a reliable supply of drinking water to its customers since 1954 and takes pride in providing a safe and reliable supply of water for the citizens of Buda.
Other activities the Water Department is responsible for include:
Contact the Water Department at (512) 312-2876 for the following issues:
- Low or high water pressure
- Missing or broken meter box lids
- Water leaks
Water Pressure Issues?
What is a pressure regulator? Not all residences in the city have a pressure regulator, also called a pressure reducing valve (PRV). But if you do maintenance it is sometimes required. A water pressure regulator is a plumbing valve that reduces the water pressure coming from the main water line into the house. This valve brings down the pressure to a safe level before the water reaches any plumbing fixtures inside the home. Too much water pressure will cause many plumbing problems for the average homeowner so it is very important to keep the water pressure under control. For more information follow the link: Pressure Regulator Information.
Our Water Distribution System
The water distribution system includes approximately 47.40 miles of water main. Our smallest diameter water main is two inches, and our largest is 16 inches. We repair on average thirty water leaks per year. Most existing water main is four, six, and eight inches in diameter and lies beneath street paving. Most of the older water main is between the back of curb and the sidewalk.
The Buda Water Department does not own or maintain water service lines to individual buildings. Service lines are the entire length of pipe from the meter (connection) on the water main all the way up to the building. Service lines are owned and maintained by the property owner. The city does, however, own and maintain the larger water mains that serve entire neighborhoods. We also own and maintain the water meter assigned to each building. In addition, adequate pressure and volume must be maintained for fire protection purposes.
The treatment responsibilities include the operation and maintenance of five wells, booster pump stations, three elevated tanks, two stand pipe tanks and four ground storage tanks with a total holding capacity of 3.1 million gallons. The city also has G.B.R.A. as an alternate source of water. Currently 40% of our water supply is provided by G.B.R.A. water which is piped in from Canyon Lake. The remaining 60% is pumped from the Edwards Aquifer. We are also regulated by Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer on the monthly amount of water the city can pump as well as T.C.E.Q. for bacteriological testing.
The water treatment process begins the minute the water is drawn from the wells. It is injected with chlorine gas and placed into storage tanks where the chlorine begins the process of disinfection. This kills disease causing organisms. The chlorine ensures the microbiological safety of the water. The finished water is then pumped directly to three elevated towers. The towers provide hydraulic pressure throughout the distribution system.
2017 Water and Wastewater Impact Fee Report
2017 Water and Wastewater Impact Fee Report
Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports
2017 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works
2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works
2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works
2014 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works
2013 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works
City Council Approves Agreement To Replace Water Meter Reading System
The Buda City Council recently approved an agreement with Siemens Industry, Inc., to install and replace the City’s water meter system. The new system will enable customers to see their consumption data in real-time as opposed to having to request their consumption data from the City. This will also give citizens control over their consumption by enabling customers to set usage alerts and leak warnings.
NEW AUTOMATIC READING SYSTEM (TO BE INSTALLED IN 2019)
The new “Neptune” system will replace 3,806 City of Buda water meters located throughout the City. The Neptune system was selected because it offers a no moving parts meter for meters up to 2”. This results in more accurate reads and a longer lifespan of the meter. With the new system, citizens can proactively manage and monitor their consumption data. The new system will enable customers to see their consumption data in real-time as opposed to having to request their consumption data from the City.
Installation is slated to begin this spring.
More information about the project, including the process for swapping out meters, will be available in the future. To track the status and see updates on this project, visit www.ci.buda.tx.us/water.