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 to…

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…

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 water…

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 appears…

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 Center.…

Friday, April 22, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council moves to make major water investments

City Council voted Thursday for the city to apply for nearly $190 million in loans as part of a plan to make major investments in local water infrastructure in the coming years.The city will apply for a loan of roughly…

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