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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 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…

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by Jack Craver

Zimmerman proposes funding for climate change skeptics

City Council Member Don Zimmerman, a self-described advocate for taxpayers, is not proposing that the city nix spending $116,000 to assess the impact of climate change on local water systems.But he is unhappy that all of the money in the…

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Council to address water utility debt

Issuing and selling bonds, paying off debt and applying for state loans for the Austin Water utility will be up for discussion at City Council’s meeting Thursday.At their work session on Tuesday, Council members seemed generally supportive of the items,…

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