Water Department

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 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:

  • Curb stop repair
  • Fire hydrant installation and maintenance
  • Hydrant flushing
  • Installing new water mains
  • Installing new water services
  • Meter reading
  • Repair of existing water services
  • Water main and valve repair

Reporting Issues

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

For after hours emergencies, please call (512) 749-0478.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)

Please visit our dedicated page for information and updates about this project.


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.

Map of Water Distribution System

Treatment Responsibilities

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 GBRA as an alternate source of water. Currently 50% of our total water consumption is provided by GBRA water which is piped in from Canyon Lake, and treated to drinking water standards at the San Marcos Water Treatment Plant. The other 50% is pumped from the Edwards Aquifer, which is regulated by the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.

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, and 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

2022 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works

2021 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works

2020 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works

2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works

2018 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Public Works