City of Austin, Wachs Renew Agreement for Infrastructure Maintenance

The City of Austin has once again extended its contract with Wachs Water Services to perform fire hydrant maintenance and assessment and repair services. The program involves maintenance of more than 8,000 hydrants per year including condition assessment, routine maintenance, collection of critical items of ?attribute data? that describe the operational status of each hydrant and lead valve including manufacturer, model, installation date, pumper nozzle size, repair history,? static pressure, ease of operation, direction of open and depth of bury.?

An accurate GPS position is also captured on every hydrant and lead valve and all the data collected is entered into Austin Water Utilities? GIS for system-wide retrieval and analysis. Austin?s Water Utility should be commended for this proactive program and the measures they have taken to increase customer service and safety. Since the beginning of the program, Austin Water Utility has successfully reduced the out of service fire hydrants to well below 1 percent at any given time.

Wachs Water Services is a leading provider of water distribution system solutions that significantly improve efficiency and network control. Our specialized asset management-based approach combines condition assessment and rehabilitation services with the capture and integration of critical water distribution system GIS information. We provide the expertise, equipment and personnel to locate, assess, operate and document any water asset.

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