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Water Utility Survey
The team deployed a survey to water utilities around the country. Twenty-three water utilities replied to the survey with information on how they approach hazard mitigation, considerations for choosing pipe materials, and sizes of service laterals.

The municipalities were asked to identify the hazards that imposed risks to their utility district. The figures below show that 74% of them responded that they are at risk for wildfires, 65% are at risk for flooding, and 61% are at risk for earthquakes. However, when considering the pipe material, it is very often not these hazards that control the decision. The results of the survey showed that 87% of the municipalities consider the durability of the pipe material. The next consideration of the municipalities was soil type followed by ease of installation and cost of material at 43%, 39%, and 35% of the municipalities considering these, respectively.

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