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Monday, March 13, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Howard files bill to protect Barton Springs

State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) has filed legislation to prevent the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from issuing new permits to authorize discharge of sewage effluent into any creek or other body of water in the contributing or recharge zone…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bill would stop Austin from protesting pollution

State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) has filed a bill that appears to threaten to punish the city of Austin for opposing Dripping Springs’ controversial wastewater discharge permit before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The city of Austin has…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Austin has proposal for Dripping Springs permit

The city of Austin has released a draft proposal for Dripping Springs’ controversial permit to discharge 995,000 gallons of treated wastewater into Onion Creek. The Austin and Dripping Springs city councils must both agree to the terms of the proposal.…

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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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