Tag Archives: Austin Water Utility

Friday, June 11, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Council delays considering wastewater service in Bull Creek watershed

City Council put off a decision on whether to grant a wastewater service extension request to CWS Capital Partners in the environmentally sensitive Bull Creek Watershed at Thursday’s meeting. The postponement came after Council Member Leslie Pool announced that there…

Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Before Uri, Austin Water didn’t see winter weather as a threat

Austin Water deemed winter weather a low risk to the city’s water supply before Winter Storm Uri, the utility told the Water Oversight Committee on Wednesday.  Multiple climate and disaster preparedness plans failed to mention the threat of extreme winter…

Thursday, March 4, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Austin Water responds to ‘demoralizing’ water outages

Austin Water gave a presentation to the Water Oversight Committee on Wednesday detailing the timeline of the water outages last month, preparation for future disasters and upcoming utility bill relief measures. City Council members demanded to know how a substantial…

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Water has restored service to residents, but broken pipes remain a big issue

Areas of Northwest and Southwest Austin that are still under a boil-water notice could be in the clear by Tuesday afternoon, Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said at a news conference Monday. “We have collected samples in areas yet to…

Friday, February 19, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

City says water outages could last for days

Many Austinites remain completely without water Friday as tens of thousands of cold-related leaks riddle water mains and pipes, leaving the city in a water crisis that is set to last days. “We never imagined the day where hospitals wouldn’t…

Friday, February 19, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City’s power, water committees begin looking at post-storm improvements

City Council members closely tied to Austin’s energy and water utilities have started mapping out their priorities for determining what led to this week’s massive infrastructure failures and what can be done in the future to prevent hundreds of thousands…

Thursday, February 18, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Water issues citywide boil-water notice, urges residents to conserve water

Austin Water has issued a citywide boil-water notice as a result of “extreme weather conditions.” In a statement Wednesday night, the utility said there had been power loss at the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant, its largest water-treatment facility, and drops…

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by Seth Smalley

ZAP OKs Ullrich plant variances

The Zoning and Platting Commission voted at its Dec. 15 meeting to recommend the approval of seven environmental variances for the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant, with a stipulation that the size of an access road included in the project be…

Thursday, December 10, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Garza questions penalties in water reuse rules

City Council is poised to adopt two ordinances at today’s meeting establishing regulations for on-site water reuse systems as well as water cooling towers. Council has unanimously supported the ideas behind the Water Forward plan that are aimed at reducing…

Thursday, October 29, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Water-saving code amendments coming

Years after the city’s Water Forward Committee recommended changes to require on-site water reuse systems for commercial development, an item to put the matter into city regulations appears headed for a City Council agenda in December. Austin Water Assistant Director…

Monday, August 31, 2020 by Mose Buchele

City could store three Lake Austins’ worth of water underground by 2040

Austin gets all of its water from the Highland Lakes, but that might not always be the case. The city recently took a first step toward storing massive amounts of water underground. If the plan works, it could help Austin…

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Water aims to bring new conservation ordinances before Council in December

Timelines across the city have been adjusted or paused following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the ongoing limitations imposed by the “new normal” have not stopped Austin Water from developing new conservation ordinances to bring before City Council…

Monday, August 17, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Neighbors of Bright Leaf worry about fire risk

After a City Council vote on July 29 allowing the city to take over management of Bright Leaf Preserve from the Austin Community Foundation, some residents worried about what that might mean for their Northwest Austin neighborhoods, especially in terms of…

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by Jo Clifton

With businesses shut, Austin Water’s revenues fall

Austin Water, which contributed an extra $5 million to the city’s utility customer assistance program and cut rates by 10 percent in an effort to help those affected by the coronavirus, has itself felt the impact of business closures on…

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by Jo Clifton

City takes precautions for critical employees

Electricity. Water. Trash pickup. The city of Austin provides all these services and we take it as a given that they will be there when we need them. Even as most Austinites have been ordered to stay home, the employees…

Monday, March 30, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Water reports happier customers and over-budget expenses for first quarter

In a mixed start to the year, Austin Water reported expenses that were 14 percent above budget for the quarter and revenues that were 6.2 percent higher than projections. “We were above our (revenue) budget by $8.79 million,” Christina Romero,…

Friday, March 6, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Digital meter reading coming to Austin Water

Austin Water is preparing to roll out digital water meters that will allow the utility, as well as individual customers, to see how much water each customer is using every hour. Ultimately, every single one of the utility’s 240,000 meters…

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Water and Wastewater Commission learns cause of foamy water

On Jan. 22, residents in South Austin reported foamy water in their taps following the Austin Fire Department’s extinguishing of a church fire. At the Feb. 12 meeting of the Water and Wastewater Commission, Rick Coronado, the assistant director of…

Monday, January 6, 2020 by Jo Clifton

After years of service, Slusher retires from city

After nine years on City Council, about 18 months at Austin Energy and more than 12 years as Austin Water’s assistant director for environmental affairs and conservation, Daryl Slusher hung up his city spurs last week, retiring on Dec. 31.…

Monday, December 16, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Over 60 roadway improvements require relocation of water and wastewater lines

At the Dec. 11 meeting of the Water and Wastewater Commission, Austin Water presented an update on the 65 active transportation improvement projects that necessitate the repositioning of water utility lines. Of those projects, 56 percent are in the planning…

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