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Mark Richardson is a multimedia journalist, editor and writer who has worked in digital, print and broadcast media for three decades. He is a nationally recognized editor and reporter who has covered government, politics and the environment. A journalism graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, he was recently awarded a Foundation for Investigative Journalism grant and has three Associated Press Managing Editors awards for excellence in reporting.
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AWU audits save AISD water, money
A partnership between the Austin Water Utility and the Austin Independent School District has saved the district about 11.7 million gallons of water, or enough to provide water to 195 average households for a year. AISD took advantage of Austin Water’s new Commercial Audit Rebate Program to help pay for comprehensive water efficiency audits for seven campuses that had the greatest potential water savings. Utility officials say the changes will save the district $164,000 in water and wastewater charges. This effort began in 2013 to help the district conserve water and reduce utility bills. Audited campuses included Austin, LBJ, Travis, Eastside Memorial, Crockett and Lanier high schools as well as Murchison Middle School. The seven AISD audits identified a total potential savings of 24 million gallons per year with potential annual cost savings of $530,912 at 2014 rates, according to utility officials. Audits for five more campuses are planned for 2015. For more information about Austin Water conservation incentive programs, go here.
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