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Construction Standards

Austin Water Construction Standards are available to ensure the City of Austin’s assets are of the highest quality. We offer resources to help engineers and contractors design and build water and wastewater projects in the City of Austin.

Austin Water’s Standard Product List

Austin Water’s Standard Products List specifies acceptable manufacturer products for use in the construction of water and wastewater facilities. These products have undergone stringent testing to ensure the safety, reliability and consistency within the Austin Water system.

Technical Criteria Manuals 

The City of Austin's technical criteria manuals are available online through the Municode website.

  • Current Standard Details - Our Current Standard Details provides engineers the details for their construction plans.
  • Current Standard Specifications - Our Current Standard Specifications outline the procedures for constructing water and wastewater facilities for contractors.
  • Utility Criteria Manual - The Utility Criteria Manual provides guidelines and criteria for design, construction and coordination of water and wastewater facilities within the City of Austin and outside the city to the boundaries of the utility service areas. Information obtained from this manual is intended to provide orderly methods for obtaining utility services.
Plan for Disinfecting Potable Water Mains 

This section describes methods of disinfecting newly constructed potable water mains; mains that have been removed from service for planned repairs or for maintenance that exposes them to contamination; mains that have undergone emergency repairs because of physical failure; and mains that, under normal operation, continue to show the presence of coliform organisms.

For water mains up to 16” in diameter, the City of Austin provides a plan for the following methods:

For long larger diameter mains, the slug method is an acceptable procedure and results in appreciable savings of chemicals.

Services

Use this online form or this PDF form to request a residential cut over.  For commercial services, use either this online form or this PDF form.

Complete this application to submit a request for reclaimed water service.

Complete an application to request a commercial water/wastewater tap permit. Customers are required to submit approved utility construction plans and must have applied for a building permit before the tap permit can be issued.

Complete this online form to submit an application for a commercial water/wastewater tap permit.