National Infrastructure Week is underway, and Tucson Water wants to remind customers about all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to bring water to their taps.
The utility has invested approximately $5 million in a 20-mile acoustic fiber optics (AFO) monitoring and advance warning system that provides an electronic alert before a large main fails and hundreds of thousands of gallons of water are lost. A failure of a similar pipe in 1999 resulted in $5 million in property damage from the flooding that occurred as a result of the break. The most recent example is the 84" water main along San Marcos Boulevard between Greasewood and Mission Roads. An electronic signal alerted Tucson Water that the main was in danger of breaking. The monitoring system allowed the utility to shut down the water main, drain water from it, and make the needed repairs.