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Published on June 12, 2024
Roswell Sets Standard in Water Infrastructure Resilience Amidst Nationwide Struggle with Pipe DecaySource: Unsplash/ rivage

As water crises loom across cities in America, one city takes an assertive stance against the ticking clock of infrastructure decay. City of Roswell's proactive strategies for tackling aging water systems are providing a blueprint for municipal readiness and resilience.

While the rest of the nation is playing catch-up with sudden pipe breakages—a disheartening routine that dispenses 2.1 trillion gallons of water into oblivion every year—City of Roswell's vision has been set on averting such crises. With approximately $400,000 to $500,000 annually fueling their Pipe Replacement Program, they're on a mission to rejuvenate their water distribution and hold off the woes that recently besieged Midtown Atlanta due to corroded pipes, some approaching their hundredth year.

Technology too plays a pivotal role in Roswell's warfare against water woes. Mayor Kurt Wilson touted the benefits of iHydrant, stating "We are taking every opportunity to make sure our water infrastructure is safe and reliable for years to come," according to a statement obtained by the City of Roswell. This innovative tech feeds the city real-time data on pressure and temperature, safeguarding the water supply and slashing expenses tied to water main damages.

In acknowledgment of their unstinting commitment, Roswell's Water Utility has been decorated with the American Water Works Association's Gold Award for five consecutive years, recently escalating to the Platinum Award in 2023. They've been the watchful custodians of 89 miles of water mains, serving up water that exceeds the gauntlet of state benchmarks for a community of approximately 18,000 residents, or 20% of Roswell's populace.

Concerned citizens can leap into action by reporting water leaks through a variety of channels, including calls to 770-641-3707 or using the Roswell App for swift notifications on infrastructure mishaps. Additionally, Roswell’s keen embrace of AquaHawk, a free online portal enabling residents to monitor water usage with precision, exemplifies the City of Roswell endorsement of proactive conservation efforts.

Roswell’s diligence extends beyond the pipes—we see their robotic sleuthing tirelessly inspecting the underworld of the city's roadways. Each of the 3,200 cross drains beneath public tarmacs has been scrutinized by 2024, granting the City of Roswell Stormwater Management Program the acuity to prioritize and execute necessary repairs, dodging possible flooding and infrastructural decay.