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Welcome to exTRA – an aggregation of both TRA-related and industry-specific news clips. TRA’s communications division provides these clips as an educational service to TRA’s valued staff, directors and consultants. The articles selected are determined to be of interest to our readership, but in no way reflect TRA’s official position(s) or view(s).
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City to Study Potential Threats to Lake Alan Henry and Future Wastewater Needs

City to Study Potential Threats to Lake Alan Henry and Future Wastewater Needs | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The City of Lubbock will create master plans for wastewater and for the Lake Alan Henry watershed. “Lake Alan Henry is a very important strategic water supply for the City of Lubbock,” the city said in recent public records. “Approximately 20% of the City’s water supply comes from the Lake currently. In the future, up to 40% of the City’s water supply may come from the Lake,” the city said. “Currently with the Lake Alan Henry infrastructure, we can only take about 20 percent of our needs,” said Lubbock’s Director of Water Utilities, Aubrey Spear. “The lake has a two-year safe yield –16,000 acre-feet [5,213,620,000 gallons]. Currently we’re only able to use about half that.

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Evoquas DAVCO Line Selected by Six Communities to Supply Tertiary Filtration Rehab Services

Evoqua Water Technologies has been selected by six communities to supply tertiary filtration rehab services through its DAVCO™ product line for wastewater treatment plants in Texas, Alabama and Florida. Each of the projects have improved the performance of existing equipment at the facilities while saving capital costs. Evoqua’s DAVCO product and service team provided thorough equipment evaluations and recommended best options to restore operating efficiency, extend useful life or upgrade to a more advanced technology. Dallas-based Environmental Improvements, Inc., Winter Park-based Heyward Florida Incorporated, and Atlanta-based Heyward Incorporated helped secure the contracts as Evoqua’s manufacturers’ representatives.

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Former wastewater plant opponents: Facility doesn't stink

Former wastewater plant opponents: Facility doesn't stink | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

In 2012, the then-proposed plan for the wastewater plant raised questions and eyebrows from some Victoria residents who feared the facility would stink up surrounding neighborhoods. Years later, some of those who raised concerns now agree that city officials have held up their end of the bargain and kept the fecal smell to a minimum.

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Treated wastewater overflows in west Flower Mound

Treated wastewater overflows in west Flower Mound | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

A Trinity River Authority discharge line within its Denton Creek Regional Wastewater System experienced an outflow of treated wastewater, known as effluent, on Tuesday near the intersection of Highway 377 and Dunham Road in Flower Mound, according to a press release from the TRA.

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Zephyr gets $5,000 grant to fix historical community center

Zephyr gets $5,000 grant to fix historical community center | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

ZEPHYR, Texas - A building in Zephyr more than a century old will soon be redone. The Lower Colorado River Authority presented a check for $5,096 Wednesday to renovate the Zephyr Community Center. It was first built as a Presbyterian church in 1909, but time has created the need for repairs. "These needs are immediate needs," Pam Hughes of the Zephyr Community Historical Association said. "We are having leaks inside the building [and] holes in the floor."

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LCRA awards $5,095 grant to renovate historic community center

LCRA representatives present a $5,095 grant to the Zephyr Community Historical Association for improvements to the Zephyr Community Center. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Myrna Wright, historical association treasurer; Joan Gist, association member; Nola Sweatman, association president; Richard Gist, association member; Pam Hughes, association member; Lana Webb, facility manager; and George W. Russell, LCRA Board member.

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River authority and advocacy group sign new agreement

The Aransas Project and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority have recommitted to working together to find ways to balance the water needs of an ever-growing population and threatened wildlife. The two groups, which have historically fought in court over differing visions of water needs, first signed an agreement to work together in February. But the river authority's longtime general manager, Bill West, retired in late September. The new agreement was signed Monday by West's successor, Kevin Patteson.

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LCRA and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative award $25,000 grant for improvements at Lometa Regional Park

Lometa Regional Park will get a facelift thanks to a $25,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative. The Lometa Lions Club will use the grant, along with $11,000 in local matching funds, to replace wooden bleachers at the park with new, handicapped-accessible metal bleachers, including a concrete site pad, ramp and wheelchair seating. The grant also will be used to increase the number of water and electric hookups within the park.

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Why Water Utilities Need An Energy Plan And How Texas Is Making Progress

Why Water Utilities Need An Energy Plan And How Texas Is Making Progress | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

When you prepare the Thanksgiving meal, do you ask each person to make a dish of their choosing, with no coordination for an overall cohesive meal? Probably not. Most likely, you plan, because you want everything to fit together.

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Water Levels Rise at Lake Colorado City State Park

AUSTIN— After nearly a decade of low water levels hindering boating opportunities at Lake Colorado City State Park, the lake levels are on the rise thanks to recent rainfall. The park lake covers over 1,600 surface acres at normal levels, but had fallen to just 20 percent capacity in recent years, too low to launch boats from the ramp. The low water levels also created high salinity levels and resulted in cool water temperatures in the fall and winter, which led to concentrations of active golden algae blooms. These environmental factors have impacted the fishery and wiped out most of the lake’s water recreation.

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Advanced metering infrastructure training set for Nov. 30 in Waco

WACO - The Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station along with Johnson Controls are coordinating an advanced metering infrastructure system training for water utilities Nov. 30 in Waco. The free workshop will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brazos River Authority, 4600 Cobbs Drive.
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TWDB approves over $16.5 million to City of Anahuac

TWDB approves over $16.5 million to Anahuac for water and wastewater improvements On Nov. 17, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,175,000 from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Anahuac in Chambers County. The city will use the assistance to finance water system improvements. The city could save approximately $991,000 over the life of the loan by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

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Rising water bills have Magnolia residents concerned

Montgomery County residents left a recent town hall meeting with more questions than answers after the East 1488 Montgomery Community Association of Montgomery County hosted a forum for residents to voice their concerns over rising fees on their water bills. [...] the state agency they feel is most responsible, the San Jacinto River Authority, opted not to come to the town hall citing ongoing litigation between the SJRA and the cities of Conroe and Magnolia.

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Baswood Partners with NSI to Deliver Innovative, Cost-Saving Wastewater Solutions for Publicly Owned Treatment Works

Baswood Corporation has partnered with National Strategies, LLC (NSI), a nationally-recognized business-to-government consulting firm, to increase awareness of Baswood’s innovative, cost-saving wastewater solutions for municipalities and publicly owned treatment works across the U.S.
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Contractors to begin cleaning up Memorial Day flood debris from Blanco River

Contractors to begin cleaning up Memorial Day flood debris from Blanco River | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Nearly a year and a half after devastating flood waters decimated portions of hays county, contractors are finally set to clean up debris from the main source: the Blanco River.
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Hill Country Water Summit Taps Leaders to Dissect Challenges and Plan Strategies

In addition to water and weather-related effects, the Summit offers an election re-cap and assessment and preview of the 85th Texas Legislature. Participants also plan to explore the water management issues addressed in the distinctive white paper agreement forged between the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and The Aransas Project (TAP) after years of litigation.
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Funding, widespread damage complicate Bastrop County flood repairs

Funding, widespread damage complicate Bastrop County flood repairs | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

A group of Bastrop County residents this week rallied together to ask commissioners to repair a decaying pedestrian bridge connecting Utley to Elgin over Wilbarger Creek that was left impassable after a flood over Memorial Day weekend last year.

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Discharge Pipeline Failure Causes Outflow In Trinity River Authority Wastewater Collection System

A Trinity River Authority discharge line within its Denton Creek Regional Wastewater System experienced an outflow of treated wastewater, known as effluent, on Tuesday, Nov. 29. A pipeline failure caused an effluent outflow before reaching the permitted outfall structure. This outflow presents no danger to human health or the environment.

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LCRA, San Saba award $20,000 grant to San Saba Garden Club

The San Saba Garden Club will be able to make much-needed improvements to the Mill Pond House in Mill Pond Park thanks to a $20,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of San Saba. Planned improvements to the Mill Pond House include installing energy efficient windows and an HVAC system, replacing old plumbing fixtures with water-efficient equipment and adding educational signage detailing the building's history. Other planned improvements include creating an accessible restroom, refurbishing the existing ceiling, upgrading the kitchen and repainting the building floors and walls.
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Changes in Landscapes and Buildings Could Help Fight Flooding

Changes in Landscapes and Buildings Could Help Fight Flooding | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
( TNS) - A curbside garden filled with native plants that attract and feed bees and butterflies. Roofs covered with plants that slow the flow of water. Barrels and tanks that collect the rain pouring off rooftops. Water quality experts believe that these types of landscape and design features, known as low-impact development, or LID, are both an important part of solving San Antonio’s problems with environmentally degraded waterways and flooding, particularly as the city continues to grow.
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Colleyville Council adopts new water and wastewater rate

Colleyville Council adopts new water and wastewater rate | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Restructuring the water rate is a City Council priority that was addressed in a May 17 election that resulted in a new mayor and two council members. The rate structure includes a flat volumetric rate of $4.17 per 1,000 gallons and a varied base rate depending on the size of the water meter.
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County officials request federal agency to conduct in-depth inspection of dams

County officials request federal agency to conduct in-depth inspection of dams | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
After a state agency conducted random inspections of dams in McLennan County, county leaders are asking a federal agency to do in-depth assessments before prioritizing the repair of those issues.
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Top 5 Vendors in the Residential Water Treatment Equipment Market From 2016 to 2020: Technavio

Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global residential water treatment equipment market report. This research report also lists 23 other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period. This Smart News Release features multimedia.

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LCRA to open floodgates upstream from Austin at Starcke, Wirtz dams

LCRA to open floodgates upstream from Austin at Starcke, Wirtz dams | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Officials plan to open the floodgates Friday morning at Wirtz and Starcke dams, which form lakes LBJ and Marble Falls in Burnet County.
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Water Conference Focuses on Implementation, Action

The fifth Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas is in the books but not without ending on some very inspiring and passionate calls to action. The consistent message throughout the two day event was The Long Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas recognizes our water problems are complex, there is not a one size fits all approach. While implementation of many action items has begun, the clock is ticking on our water resources without continued aggressive efforts.

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