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It is the mission of the City of Laredo Utilities Department to provide the community with safe drinking water, on demand and in sufficient quantity, and to remove and dispose of wastewater and its by-products in an environmentally sound manner.

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The City of Laredo Utilities Department provides water and sanitary sewer services within city limits and its extra territorial jurisdictions.

WATER SYSTEM: The City of Laredo owns and operates two water treatment plants, which have a combined pumpage capacity of 85 million gallons per day (MGD). The City of Laredo uses surface water from the Rio Grande River as its source of raw water. Water is diverted directly from the river to the immediately adjacent water treatment plant facilities by two separate river intakes, two separate river pump structures and related multiple pump units. The City of Laredo owns approximately 62,009 acre-feet of municipal water rights. The average daily consumption during fiscal year 2016 was approximately 36.291 MGD and peak demand was 58.51 MGD. Connections to the water system as of September 30, 2016 were 70,545.

WASTEWATER SYSTEM: The City of Laredo owns and operates six wastewater treatment plants, which have a combined total design capacity of 29.251 million gallons per day (MGD). The sewer system includes approximately 754 miles of sewer lines and 70 lift stations. The pounds of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) treated are 12,488,619 by all six wastewater treatment plants and a total bio-solids disposal cost of $635,219. The average daily treatment for fiscal year 2016 was approximately 20.637 MGD with a total of 65,291 sewer connections as of September 30, 2016.

Laredo is currently under STAGE 1, where customers are allowed to irrigate any day at anytime. It is a violation of the Water Conservation & Drought Contingency Ordinance if water runs off to the street or an adjancent propery. For a complete explanation of water restrictions and usage, see Chapter 31 of Laredo's Code of Ordinances.



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