Tag Archives: Austin Water Utility

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Water Task Force chair urges innovation for utility

The chair of a task force charged with examining the City of Austin’s position relative to its water resources urged City Council members Tuesday to angle toward “decentralization” of water supply management philosophy and innovation. The switch was suggested to…

Friday, September 12, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commissioner calls water rate increase misleading

As if there weren’t enough questions swirling around the tenuous adoption of new water rates for the city, one member of the Water and Wastewater Commission has struck out against what she calls a “years-long pattern of obscuring utility rate…

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves new water rates, for now

A last-ditch proposal to change the structure of Austin Water Utility rates didn’t gain enough traction to pass at City Council’s budget session Tuesday. But the proposal may have an impact soon. Council members voted 6-1 to approve what they…

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio, Show 11: Water

Austin Water Utility Director Greg Meszaros joins the Monitor‘s Mike Kanin to talk drought, rates, and the future of water in Central Texas.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Plan suggests shutdown of Decker power plant

The City of Austin is considering taking the Decker Creek Power Station offline in order to secure access to water from adjacent Lake Walter E. Long in the case of a future drought emergency. The idea is one of several key recommendations set forth…

Friday, August 1, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Energy, water utility rates top Council concerns over 2015 budget

The Austin City Council took on next year’s budget in earnest Thursday. Of the $3.5 billion budget, members’ biggest concerns continued to rest with the city’s water and energy utilities. A proposal from Austin Energy to increase the fuel charge…

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Water task force recommends finding more ways to save water

After months of tedious and lengthy meetings, the city’s blue ribbon task force assigned to make recommendations on how Austin should deal with an ever-shrinking water supply unanimously approved a report to City Council Wednesday.   The major message from…

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Committee: AWU should cut contributions to general fund during drought

Austin Water Utility should cut back on its contributions to the city’s general fund during drought conditions, according to recommendations by a committee formed to find ways to keep the utility financially healthy.   The Joint Committee on Austin Water…

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Water Utility proposes ‘meaty’ cuts to balance FY2015 budget

A struggling Austin Water Utility moved forward with tough cuts at the latest meeting of the Joint Committee on AWU’s Financial Plan.   Right now, AWU has several options on the table for next year’s budget. The utility’s latest proposal…

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Task force hears water options, some likely unpalatable

With lake levels dropping and no end in sight for the current drought, Austin Water Utility officials are putting some creative strategies on the table designed to add to and maximize the city’s water supplies. It seems likely that the…

Monday, May 12, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Mayor criticizes use of Austin Water funds to pay for general fund expenses

The Austin Water Utility came under scrutiny at last week’s budget session, as City Council members took a closer look at rate increases proposed by the utility. In fact, Mayor Lee Leffingwell called for “truth in budgeting,” telling AWU officials…

Friday, May 9, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Committee debates options for rate increase for water customers

Leaders at Austin Water Utility are pushing back on the recommendations of a committee tasked with finding alternatives to a water rate increase of more than 10 percent.   The Joint Committee on Austin Water Utility’s Financial Plan met May…

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Gene Davis

Facing financial losses, Austin Water considers 15.2 percent rate hike

With the Austin Water Utility projected to lose another $27 million this fiscal year, David Anders, the utility’s assistant director of finance and business services, said customers could potentially see a 15.2 percent rate hike in their water service bills…

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Heydn Ericson

Austin Water officials share concerns over bond downgrade

At the most recent meeting of the Joint Committee on Austin Water Utility’s Financial Plan, utility officials shared concerns about the fate of their bond rating.   Due to similar financial circumstances, Ft. Worth’s Tarrant Regional Water District was recently…

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Water says conservation measures cutting into bottom line

Austin Water Utility officials reported to the Council’s Audit and Finance Committee Wednesday that the utility had overestimated its FY2013 revenue figure by nearly $10 million. The culprit, according to utility Chief Financial Officer David Anders, was a drop in…

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Conservation measures could hike rates for Austin Water users

As the current drought deepens – despite recent rains – city officials may be forced to take steps to install tougher conservation measures as water levels in the Highland Lakes continue to fall. But, as Austin Water Utility Assistant Director…

Friday, October 25, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council votes to raise water impact fees to near maximum rate

Austin City Council members Thursday approved an immediate increase of impact fees for public infrastructure to just below the maximum allowable rate. Those are the fees that the Austin Water Utility assesses to help offset the cost of extending water and…

Friday, October 4, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Water Utility’s Meszaros outlines worst-case drought scenarios

Austin Water Utility Director Greg Meszaros offered Austin City Council members a grim view of the lingering regional drought, and the potential effects it might have should Central Texas not see significant rainfall in the near future.   In addition…

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Changes likely coming for Water Utility impact fees

Members of the Austin City Council began their periodic review of a set of fees set by the Austin Water Utility for new development with a fair amount of skepticism.   At last week’s work session, Mayor Lee Leffingwell raised…

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