2013 saw highest number of water main breaks in at least 33 years

Imagine driving on a road that hasn’t been resurfaced in 60 years. Believe it or not, much of the pipe used to provide water to people across the city of Madison is at least 60 years old. Some pipes date back to the 1880s when Madison Water Utility was created.

Madison Water Utility provides safe and reliable water to more than 66,500 households, hospitals and businesses using:

  • 850 miles of pipe
  • 22 active wells
  • 7 pump stations
  • 5 water towers
  • 3 ground-level reservoirs

Madison is also the first city in the state to use water main relining technology, giving aging pipes new life at a lower cost than replacement.


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