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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin Water in process of cost-of-service study

Austin Water, the city-owned water and wastewater utility, is currently in the midst of a lengthy cost-of-service study that will shape the rates it will charge Austin residents and businesses for water over the next decade. Unlike Austin Energy, the…

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Friday, November 4, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Dripping Springs still seeking effluent permit

The city of Austin is continuing efforts to convince Dripping Springs not to go through with its plan to release treated effluent into Onion Creek, the tributary that provides the greatest amount of direct recharge to Barton Springs, according to…

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Thursday, September 15, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Dripping Springs plans effluent reuse but wants discharge permit

The city of Dripping Springs, facing an array of opponents to its plan to discharge nearly 1 million gallons per day of treated effluent into Onion Creek, has come up with a proposal to reuse the treated wastewater and is…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 by Cate Malek

Dripping Springs’ proposed wastewater plan could threaten aquifers

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is moving quickly to prevent a change in the city of Dripping Springs’ wastewater management that could threaten Dripping Springs’ drinking water. The city of Dripping Springs has applied for a permit to discharge…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Jack Craver

Commission OKs drainage discount for rain barrels

The city’s Environmental Commission endorsed a proposed ordinance last week that will give property owners the chance to lower their drainage fees if they make efforts to reduce runoff from their properties. Austin Water utility already provides a one-time rebate…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 by Jo Clifton

MUDs still fighting city over water bills

The long-running argument between the city of Austin and four municipal utility districts continues, with lawyers for the North Austin MUD No. 1, Northtown MUD, Wells Branch MUD and Travis County WCID No. 10 claiming Austin Water is again overcharging their…

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Friday, May 6, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves permanent water restrictions

After an hour-and-a-half debate, City Council voted Thursday to approve an ordinance that will permanently restrict residents from using automatic sprinklers on their lawns more than once a week. “We should be really proud of Austin,” said Jennifer Walker, the…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council debates water restrictions

Home car-washing may soon be coming back to Austin. If City Council approves Austin Water’s proposed reforms of water restrictions, homeowners will be able to spray down their cars in their driveways every day if their hearts so desire. That…

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Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin’s summer likely won’t be a hot mess

Bob Rose, the head meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority, has some good news. “I was thinking this was going to be a really hot, dry summer,” he told press attending the LCRA’s annual “Meteorologist Day” at the Redbud…

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