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Tag Archives: Austin Water Utility

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Jack Craver

Troxclair wants to know how rates compare to other Texas utilities

This year, the average Austinite will spend $2,475 on utility bills to cover the cost of electricity, water and garbage pickup.City Council Member Ellen Troxclair wants to know how that compares to what other people served by other utilities in…

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Water pitches rate reductions in 2018

It has been 15 years since the last time Austin Water reduced the rates for the utility. There is a chance, however, that this trend may end in January.On Dec. 13, the assistant director of Austin Water, David Anders, presented…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Phantom water bill charges remain an unsolved mystery at Austin Water

For several years, water bills have been mysteriously spiking and leaving homeowners clutching their wallets and demanding answers. However, even when the public came en masse to plead that the Electric Utility Commission demand answers from city staff after the…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council puts off ethics rules vote

City Council postponed a vote on the proposed new ethics ordinance Thursday, raising questions about whether a new request for proposal for handling city biosolids might become the subject of lobbying.That was certainly not Council’s intent, according to Council Member…

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Water will not be raining down new rate increases in 2018

For the first time in 15 years, Austin Water Utility will not be increasing its rates. On Aug. 9, Austin Water presented its $614.8 million Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget proposal to the Water and Wastewater Commission for approval.Joseph Gonzales, the…

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Costly wastewater expansion gets OK

Only a few commissioners raised questions on various recommendations presented at the Water and Wastewater Commission’s regular meeting May 10. But when it came to the approval of interlocal agreements and costs related to the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater System…

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bills threaten Austin’s land use plans

Brie Franco, the city of Austin’s chief legislative strategist, gave City Council a brief update at Tuesday’s work session before rushing off to do some last minute lobbying.The city is facing a number of legislative attempts to curb its powers…

Monday, April 24, 2017 by Jack Craver

Troxclair gets meter-reading contract postponed

How accurate are the water meters that determine how much Austinites pay their city-owned utility each month? Past allegations of frequent misreadings came up again at City Council Thursday, when Council Member Ellen Troxclair suggested that the city is not…

Friday, March 31, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Fixing street cut repair program to take time

City Council Member Ellen Troxclair said she was “really alarmed” when she read the Office of the City Auditor report showing that the city has a 3.6-year backlog in repairing potholes created by utility crews fixing water lines. That’s the…

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

City utilities devise plan to help with unpaid bills

Austin’s two city-owned utilities are teaming up to help some of the city’s most indebted customers catch up on unpaid bills.Beginning this summer, the joint effort between Austin Energy and Austin Water will target 543 customers who participate in AE’s…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Austin Water official resigns under cloud

The program manager for Austin Water’s Public Information & Marketing Office resigned in late December after an investigation by the Office of the City Auditor concluded that he had accepted a gift or favor from a city contractor and wasted…

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 city-owned…

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Audit finds misuse of city resources

Two employees of Austin Water are facing possible disciplinary actions after an investigation by the Office of the City Auditor found that they used city computers for work on their secondary employment.Reports from both investigations demonstrate how difficult it may…

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Pilot Knob could face yet another lawsuit

City Council is poised to move forward once again Thursday on the Pilot Knob/Easton Park planned unit development and affordable housing agreement that Judge Stephen Yelenosky voided in October.But Council members should know that the same civic activist who recently…

Monday, October 3, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Judge considers Rodgers’ Pilot Knob claims

How much notice should the City Council agenda provide to citizens who want to know what Council is doing that may impact their taxes and water rates? That’s one of the questions Judge Stephen Yelenosky will have to answer when…

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…

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…

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…

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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