Crews dig up Round Rock neighborhood to prevent water main breaks

Round Rock crews are replacing old water pipes. This work is on Laurel Ridge in the Eagle Ridge subdivision.

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Chunks of missing concrete have become the norm in the Eagle Ridge subdivision in Round Rock.

“It’s been a nightmare.”

Sidewalks look like construction zones. The city is replacing old pipe to prevent water main breaks, that neighbors say happen here every year.

“Water was spewing everywhere.”

Debbie Bivone says she came home to a water main break after a family vacation last year. She says her entire driveway was torn up and all the rocks were out in the road. “It was deep enough for a man, probably about 6 feet,” explains Bivone.

The city is digging up and replacing 9,000 feet of old asbestos cement pipe in the Eagle Ridge neighborhood, but it has 150 miles of it throughout the city. So far, a total of 10 miles of piping have been replaced over the last seven years, in two subdivisions. Once this subdivision is done, crews will move on to another.

“You wish they would come and patch this thing back up and fix it,” says Clay Parker, a neighbor who has had concrete missing in front of his home for a month.

It’s a messier look for this neighborhood, but one homeowners hope pays off by keeping their water flowing.

The City of Round Rock says while the current work in the Eagle Ridge Subdivision will be done in February, they’ll continue to work on other streets in that neighborhood, for two to three more years. The city will spend $1 million every year to replace old pipes throughout Round Rock.

The city says the construction is critical because old water main lines waste a lot of water.

Over the summer, a KXAN investigation revealed billions of gallons of water were wasted in Austin within the last 12 months. Records show one water main leak was responsible for 105 million gallons of water before crews repaired it. At the current pace, it will take crews around a century to finish repairs in Austin.

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