Austin boil water order in effect while utility pleads for reduced water consumption

Austin boil water order in effect while utility pleads for reduced water consumption

  • October 23, 2018
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A boil water notice remains in effect for Austin Water customers, and the city of Austin is pleading for people to slash their water consumption by 15 to 20 percent. Outdoor water use is being banned as part of what officials describe as an emergency situation. On Tuesday, Travis County’s emergency management chief said the situation could last up to two weeks. Austin Water advises customers to boil water for three minutes before consuming it and says that water-filtration systems…

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The country’s cheapest water is in the West’s driest cities

  • October 16, 2018
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Economists and a public policy expert at the University of Minnesota who looked into block pricing for water in the nation’s largest urban areas, including 11 Western cities, discovered a pattern they conclude is neither sustainable nor just: Many of the driest cities have the cheapest water prices. What’s more, for households across the West, the average price of water goes down as use goes up. The researchers used the Natural Resources Defense Council’s 2010 Water Sustainability Index rankings —…

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What if another Harvey Hits?

What if another Harvey Hits?

On Aug. 24, 2017, we all watched the radar screen on the news as the storm gained energy in the Gulf of Mexico and began making its way toward the Texas coast. No one understood the unprecedented rainfall that was about to hit portions of Texas and Louisiana over the next five days, nor the devastation that would be left in its wake. As the storm made landfall, it destroyed homes and businesses in Rockport, Refugio, Port Lavaca, Port Aransas,…

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NBU examines the future of water in New Braunfels, releases 20-year plan

NBU examines the future of water in New Braunfels, releases 20-year plan

  • July 26, 2018
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 In late May, New Braunfels Utilities approved a strategic water resources plan that will help guide accommodations for the next 20 years. “So we looked at supply and we projected demand,” NBU Chief Executive Officer Ian Taylor said. The plan, which will be updated every five years, details how NBU will ensure an adequate water supply for its service area, which falls in one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions…Read more at Community Impact New Braunfels

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Well’s gone dry: aquifers taking a hit during the drought

Well’s gone dry: aquifers taking a hit during the drought

“It’s not out of the ordinary to have wells drop in a severe drought like this, when there is a really terrific shortage of groundwater,” said John Fisher, a Bell County commissioner, who lives in southern Bell County near the Williamson County line. As of July 10, most of Williamson County is classified as abnormally dry, with a portion in the northern part of the county in a moderate drought, according to the drought report and map released every Tuesday…

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Hoping to raise water awareness, state returns to a famous ad man

Hoping to raise water awareness, state returns to a famous ad man

An Austin advertising legend who once helped sell “Don’t mess with Texas” is now working with state officials on a sequel: a campaign to get Texans to cherish water, from their lakes to their sinks. Roy Spence, one of the founders of ad giant GSD&M, is partnering with Texas State University’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and the Texas Water Development Board on the project, which is still in its early stages….read more at Austin-American Statesman. 

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Hays County resolution requests hearing over permit to pump water from Middle Trinity Aquifer

Hays County resolution requests hearing over permit to pump water from Middle Trinity Aquifer

The Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously signed a resolution Tuesday to ratify a letter requesting a contested case hearing from the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District over a permit application by Electro Purification, LLC. According to Hays County, the water wholesaler applied to pump 912.5 million gallons of water from the Middle Trinity Aquifer each year…Read more at KVUE.

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Adding partner on Hays County area pipeline will cut costs by $60M

Adding partner on Hays County area pipeline will cut costs by $60M

A Seguin-based water authority will be joining a $325 million pipeline project for the rapidly growing South Central Texas area, cutting costs by more than $60 million. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Alliance Regional Water Authorityhave partnered to build an 85-mile pipeline that will pump groundwater from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer east of Lockhart in Caldwell County. It will deliver water to customers in Caldwell, Hays, Guadalupe and Comal counties. The project’s cost has risen from the original $213 million, but Alliance’s…

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Austin’s on the wrong side of the 100th meridian

Austin’s on the wrong side of the 100th meridian

The invisible line that divides the arid western part of the country from the wetter eastern half is on the move, and that has important implications for the Texas capital. Meet Robert Lee. Not the Confederate general, the town. Robert Lee, Texas is a ranching community of 1,025 that lost its only source of water to the second-worst drought in recorded state history. By August 2011, Lake E.V. Spence, a praying-mantis-shaped, man-made reservoir once revered for its striped bass fishing,…

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One Water: The future of land and water in Central Texas

One Water: The future of land and water in Central Texas

For centuries, the Texas Hill Country has been a region defined by its water resources. Early European settlers traced the paths of the San Antonio, Nueces, Guadalupe, and Colorado Rivers, following their rocky beds, spring-fed tributaries, and shallow draws, no doubt noting every seep and spring along the way. Before the Europeans, numerous tribes of indigenous peoples hunted, gathered, and fished along these same creeks and rivers. Evidence of their preference for the rivers and the spring sites of the Hill…

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