Dripping Springs dumping permit battle could be headed to state court

Dripping Springs dumping permit battle could be headed to state court

  • March 7, 2018
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Two and a half years into a protracted battle between the city of Austin, environmental groups and the city of Dripping Springs over whether the Hays County city should be allowed to dump treated sewage into Onion Creek, a state commission will likely decide Wednesday whether to send the matter to an administrative law judge. The issue first arose in 2015 when Dripping Springs, the rapidly growing Hays County city, requested the permit to expand its sewage plant and allow it to…

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Drippings Springs wastewater proposal may impact local wells

Drippings Springs wastewater proposal may impact local wells

The creek eventually flows into Barton Creek and into the Edwards Aquifer, where Austin sources its drinking water. The latest study by the Hays Trinity Ground Water Conservation District used pink dye to trace the water to nearby wells. At least three wells were impacted. “There are more than 200 water supply wells near or downstream from the proposed sewage effluent discharge within a mile of Onion Creek. Four of these are public supply wells. If treated sewage is discharged into…

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Report: Almost 25,000 Texans Are Drinking Tap Water With High Levels of Radium

Report: Almost 25,000 Texans Are Drinking Tap Water With High Levels of Radium

  • January 17, 2018
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Water in the small Central Texas town of Brady has the highest radium levels in the state — almost double the legal limit set by the EPA, according to a new report. But Kim Lenoir, the city manager in charge of cleaning up Brady’s water supply, says she isn’t alarmed. In fact, Lenoir, who moved to town four years ago, says she still drinks the tap water. “You have to understand it’s natural,” Lenoir told the Observer. “I know that it…

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Kyle officials find temporary fix for failing wastewater plant

Kyle officials said Tuesday that they’ve come up with fixes for the city’s wastewater treatment plant, which experienced a mechanical failure Sunday morning. City staff will install a temporary pump system at the malfunctioning plant this afternoon that will mimic the function of the broken part. Division Manager Jason Biemer said the city hopes to have the pump running by Tuesday night… Read more from Statesman.com

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Wastewater plant issue could lead to partially treated effluent in Plum Creek

Wastewater plant issue could lead to partially treated effluent in Plum Creek

  • November 27, 2017
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Kyle city officials are scrambling to rectify an issue at the city’s wastewater treatment plant that, if left unfixed, could release up to one million gallons per day of partially treated effluent into Plum Creek. The issue took place Sunday when the center well bearing system at the Kyle WWTP 1 suffered “significant component failure,” according to a city press release. According to the city, Plant 1 is approximately 20 years old. The bearing system is the main part of…

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Ahead of the curve

Hill Country stakeholders proactively create Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan. Composed of the North and South Llano rivers, the Upper Llano River is known as a Hill Country treasure. Its near-pristine flows provide a healthy ecosystem supporting a variety of aquatic communities and numerous recreational opportunities. To sustain the river’s pristine condition, local stakeholders partnered with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), soil and water conservation districts, groundwater conservation districts, Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station, Texas Water Resource…

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Five large cities invest in upstream conservation to improve water quality for their residents

Five large cities invest in upstream conservation to improve water quality for their residents

  • September 25, 2017
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Since 2007, urban areas have been home to more than half the global population—a proportion that is expected to rise. Growing cities are putting pressure on the lakes and rivers on which they depend for water. But the needs of nature don’t have to be in conflict with human needs. By funding conservation projects upstream, cities around the world are finding that they can protect the natural environment and ensure they have clean, reliable water supplies. The approach starts with addressing…

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Over 200 drinking water systems affected by Harvey still shut or impaired -U.S.regulators

Over 200 drinking water systems affected by Harvey still shut or impaired -U.S.regulators

  • September 9, 2017
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More than 200 drinking water systems out of 2,238 affected by Tropical Storm Harvey are still shut or have notices for customers to boil water, state and federal regulators said on Saturday. An additional 101 systems are still being contacted to “gather updated information of their status,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a joint statement. Tropical Storm Harvey brought several feet of rain over a period of several days along Texas’s Gulf…

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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

  • September 5, 2017
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Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres.  The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled…

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