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City officials propose water rate increase

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Carrollton officials say water rates from Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) and the Trinity River Authority (TRA) are going up, and residents will have to pay more due to that increase. The city staff is recommending the City Council raise water rates by March. Bob Scott, chief financial officer for the city of Carrollton, said the TRA, which supplies all wastewater treatment for the city, has been raising their rates due to an extensive capital program.

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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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Shamrock under a boil water notice

As of Sunday afternoon, the city of Shamrock is under a boil water notice. According to City Manager Tommye Cole, there was a pressure regulator malfunction that caused a water main to break. Crews are currently working to fix the break. Until water samples are tested and results come back in the clear, residents are advised to boil water. Cole said samples will be sent out first thing in the morning Monday, Oct. 15. Results are expected back within 1-2 days.
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Checking in: The state of Texas water

It’s easy to think that water comes straight from the sink and that it’ll keep flowing well into the future. But 1,000 to 1,200 people are moving to Texas each day — and none of them are bringing water with them. That means we all have an interest in brainstorming workable, long-term solutions, and creative conservation strategies can provide benefits across the board.
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Leon Wastewater Treatment Plant receiving new solar panels - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Leon Wastewater Treatment Plant receiving new solar panels - KXXV Central Texas News Now | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

GATESVILLE, TX (KXXV) -A solar array is set to be constructed at the Leon’s Wastewater Treatment plant in Gatesville. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m.

When the array is completed it will provide over 311,000 kilowatts annually. In return, this will allow the treatment plant an estimated savings of $15,246.33. It will be constructed of ten dual-axis trackers that will allow the panels to track and follow the sun throughout the day to maximize the amount of energy.

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100,000 gallons of sewer wastewater spills into White Rock Creek in Plano 

Plano officials were trying to contain sanitary sewer overflow that was pouring into White Rock Creek on Tuesday. 

The city said that about 100,000 gallons of wastewater came from the Gleneagles Country Club, which is near the creek. Public drinking water is not affected, according to the city. 

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Lake Travis water levels near historical October average, still 20 feet below full

The LCRA had floodgate operations underway at Wirtz and Starcke dams from about 2:20 a.m. to 9:44 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct 9, according to a release from the LCRA.

At one point there were three floodgates open on Wirtz Dam and nine floodgates open at Starcke Dam (Wirtz Dam forms Lake LBJ and Starcke Dam forms Lake Marble Falls).

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San Marcos Files To Amend Wastewater Service Area

The City’s proposed amendment to its Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) includes an area located approximately 1.5 miles north, east, south, and west of downtown San Marcos, and is generally bounded on the north by Yarrington Road; on the east by Highway 142; on the south by York Creek Road; and on the west by Pioneer Trail. The total requested area includes approximately 35,579 acres.

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Planned anhydrous ammonia unit in Texas City draws attention 

Roy Lee Cannon stands on the deck of his shrimp boat docked at Eagle Point Fishing Camp during the golden hour of a summer evening, his whippet-thin, sun-tanned frame slouched against the boat's fish hold. He looks out on Galveston Bay, his office for the last 44 years.
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Longview plans infrastructure projects of nearly $10.8 million

About a dozen municipal infrastructure projects totaling nearly $10.8 million will be started and possibly completed in Longview within the next year, City Engineer Alton Bradley said.

Longview City Council members unanimously approved the projects last week as part of the first year of the city’s five-year Capital Improvement Projects list through 2024.

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Major flood control project nears completion

SAN ANTONIO – Neighbors between McCullough and the Quarry are so sick of their streets flooding every time it rains, they’re welcoming an even bigger headache to make it better. Seeing a road closed sign is a pain for drivers, longtime resident Tim Flye calls it progress. "Having a street closed here and there, in the end, it’s going to be beneficial to us,” he says. Ask him what it’s like when it floods. "I mean, which one? You know what I mean,” Flye says.
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Coppell moves forward with Advanced Water Meter installation

In October, city of Coppell water utility customers will start seeing their water meters replaced as part of the city’s Advanced Water Meter System project, a new service enhancement initiative to install advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) throughout the community.

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Boil water notice issued in Bandera County

A Bandera county utility program issued a boil water notice for more than 500 homes in the area. Monarch Utilities said customers in the Lake Medina Shores subdivision off Whartons Dock Road need to boil all of its water to ensure safety. The boil water notice affects about 580 homes in the area. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the public notice after finding a main line link in the distribution system.
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Cedar Park City Council votes to authorize use of eminent domain for Cottonwood Wastewater Interceptor Project

Cedar Park City Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire three parcels of land for the Cottonwood Wastewater Interceptor Project.

At its regular meeting the council approved that the city acquire both permanent and temporary easements from property owned by Lansford Family Limited Partnership for construction and operation of the wastewater interceptor. Eminent domain enables the city to appropriate private property for public use while providing compensation.

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Polluted local waterways EPA sues Houston

From leaking sewage to sludge pits full of dioxin and other chemicals Houston's water is the focus of discussion. This week's panel: Jessica Colon - Republican strategist, Nyanza Moore - progressive commentator and Houston attorney, Bob Price – Associate Editor Breitbart Texas,  Tony Diaz- Chicano educator and activist,  Tomaro Bell – Supe
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EPA weighs allowing oil companies to pump wastewater into rivers, streams

With concern growing that the underlying geology in the Permian Basin and other shale plays are reaching capacity for disposal wells, the Trump administration is examining whether to adjust decades-old federal clean water regulations to allow drillers to discharge wastewater directly into rivers and streams from which communities draw their water supplies
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Water report reveals Lake Corpus Christi at 100 percent

BEEVILLE – Lake Corpus Christi finally filled up this week.

According to the latest report from the City of Corpus Christi on Oct. 2, the water level in the lake had reached 94 feet above mean sea level. That is 100 percent of capacity, or 256,339 acre-feet of water. The water level at the Choke Canyon Reservoir was at 200.2 feet above mean sea level or at 39.1 percent of capacity. Choke Canyon is full when the water level reaches 220.5 feet above sea level.

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Army Corps, Harris County to study reservoirs

The Harris County Flood Control District joined its federal partner, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in signing a Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement (FCSA) for a comprehensive study of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs and surrounding watersheds. The $6 million study will include Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries and Corps will serve as the lead agency.
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Miles and Miles of Pipes Underground Provide Waterful Solutions to the SA Community

Out of sight, out of mind. It can be easy to forget there’s water and wastewater infrastructure that lies beneath the surface – but there’s much more than meets the eye.

While the city works, lives, and plays above ground, underneath San Antonio, there’s a vast network of pipes, water wells, pumps, and storage tanks that are managed, inspected, and cleaned 24/7 by San Antonio Water System

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San Angelo, Texas, Wastewater Plant to Become a Water Source

The Concho River Water Project “is a move to extend San Angelo’s sources beyond its lakes and the Hickory Aquifer,” according to a city news release. “It will do so by adding a reliable and sustainable source that will help meet water needs for decades to come.” The source in this case being the city’s

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State helping with sewer problems

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sent a contractor to help the Port O’Connor Improvement District restore vacuum pressure to its wastewater collection system. With a vacuum truck, the contractor began on Thursday pumping wastewater out of collection pits, which the district refers to as buffer tanks and pots.

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Clarksville City orders boil water notice for some residents

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Clarksville City mayor says a boil water notice has been issued for some areas of town.

Mayor John Whitsell says that anyone who lives north of Highway 80 needs to boil their water, until further notice. He says this will probably be the case through tomorrow.

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Bastrop, Aqua Water Supply to iron out legislative water wrinkle 

For a year and a half, Aqua Water Supply and the city of Bastrop have been working on a deal to resolve a conflict created by state legislation passed seven years ago.The proposed interlocal agreement by Aqua Water and the city, which is expected to be approved by both entities later this month, is a workaround to Senate Bill 573, which lifted regulations that dictated who developers could get water and wastewater services from. If a developer was building within a water or wastewater
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Wolfforth water well taken off line after testing positive for E. coli

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - A water well in Wolfforth has been taken off line after it tested positive for E. coli bacteria on Saturday.

Officials from Wolfforth have released a statement and said the city is in the process of trying to eliminate the bacteria, according to a City of Wolfforth news release. Officials added none of the untreated E.coli contaminated water reached any residents.

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Lake Houston area officials push for post-dredging remediation efforts

Lake Houston area officials push for post-dredging remediation efforts | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' dredging project underway, as well as the passage of the Harris County Flood Control District's $2.5 billion flood bond, remediation efforts do continue to move forward. Numerous entities are collaborating to formulate and implement remediation strategies. Some of these strategies are already in motion, while others are still nebulous concepts.
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Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam develops an invasive species response plan for a south Texas water-diversion project

Invasive zebra mussels — about the size of a thumbnail — can quickly proliferate and are highly adaptive to new environments, including Texas. Photo: LAN Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam develops an invasive species response plan for a south Texas water-diversion project. By J. Tom Ray, P.E., D.WRE Transport and delivery of major quantities of raw …
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City leaders looking to fund water plant repairs

BEEVILLE – A dozen elected and appointed officials with the city of Beeville met in a joint session Tuesday, Sept. 18, to come up with a plan to finance badly needed upgrades at water and wastewater facilities.

“It could fail at any time,” City Manager Joe B. Montez said of the wastewater treatment plant on Moore Street.

He was addressing the three groups as they sat at tables in the John C. Fulghum Beeville Event Center.

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