Plastic Pipe Facts™

Rio Rancho, New Mexico:

Rio Rancho has experienced a significant increase in water service line leaks in recent years.

According to an analysis by water service provider CH2MHill, the number of leaks in HDPE service lines, which pipe water from the water main to individual customers, jumped up by almost 300 per year in 2010 and 2011. From January 2007 to December 2011, the city had 3,914 service lines leaks, and 1,904, almost half, happened in 2010 and 2011.

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Utilities Division Manager, Larry Webb, reports that it would take a rate increase of about $3.65 per month per customer to pay for one fulltime crew to fix service line leaks. That crew with materials and leased equipment would cost $1.4 million per year and replace 1,000 lines annually.



  1. Rio Rancho Observer, "559 Million Gallons of Water Down the Drain", September 16, 2012
  2. Albuquerque Journal, "City's Pipes Springing Leaks", Saturday, August 22, 2009.