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Drought Conditions Getting Worse in the Panhandle

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AMARILLO - Drought conditions are getting worse throughout the panhandle. Right now, the drought monitor is showing a combination of extreme and severe drought in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, and Amarillo is right in the middle of an extreme drought pocket. Chief Meteorologist John Harris said with the ongoing lack of precipitation, always make sure to be courteous of the burn bans, and be aware of how you dispose of your flammable materials.

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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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TRINITY RIVER AUTHORITY REPORTS A WASTEWATER OVERFLOW

(ARLINGTON, TEXAS) – The Trinity River Authority Central Regional Wastewater System plant experienced an overflow on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. The overflow occurred at 1925 W. Hunter Ferrell Road in Grand Prairie. The overflow was caused by a hydraulic overload in the system due to widespread, heavy rainfall.

All wastewater overflows in excess of 100,000 gallons must be reported to TCEQ, the public and other designated public officials. The final estimated quantity of the overflows will be reported to TCEQ.

The overflow is very diluted and is being monitored. No public drinking water supplies have been threatened or contaminated by this overflow. The public is reminded to avoid contact with waste material, soil or water near the affected areas.

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Sewers Overflowing In Dallas After Excessive Rains 

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Water Utilities has experienced sanitary sewer overflows of diluted wastewater at several locations throughout the city.

Overflows happened in five major drainage basins. DWU Assistant Director Zachary Peoples emphasized that none of the overflows of diluted wastewater will affect the City’s water supply.

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The gross side of flooding in DFW: Sewage overflow

FORT WORTH, Texas — It's an effect of the flooding you don't always think about, but it happens and it's gross.

"It's diluted raw sewage, but it is raw sewage," said Mary Gugliuzza, of the Fort Worth Water Department, as we looked at water coming out of two manholes on University Drive.

Gugliuzza said there's so much rainwater that it's forced its way into sewage lines through cracks in the pipes.

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Joe Pool Lake Levels Rise, Force Marina Closure

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After several days of rain, Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie is at least 9 feet above normal as of Wednesday morning and the water is expected to rise several more feet before it crests, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The water has forced the closure of the Lynn Creek Marina on the lake’s north side, as well as the popular, floating restaurant The Oasis.

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Governor declares disaster in 18 Texas counties

LLANO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on flooding in Texas (all times local): 7 p.m. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 18 flood-stricken counties in Central and South Texas.
Tuesday's declaration lifts state restrictions and regulations on any state response to the emergency.

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Boil Water Notice Issued for White Deer

The city of White Deer is on a boil water notice after a main water line break.Last night around just before 11, the water in the city had to be shut off due to the break.

The water was turned back on at around 2:30 a.m. 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality asks that everyone to boil their water to ensure harmful bacteria and other microbes are destroyed. 

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Lake Stamford floods, displaces residents

LAKE STAMFORD, Texas (KTAB) - The area surrounding Lake Stamford is completely saturated with water. Any additional rain in the near future will push the already flooded body of water to even higher levels, causing even more damage.

KTAB met with Stamford Mayor James Decker, who described the situation over the recent weeks, saying, "There's some parts up in this part of the world that have had 20, I heard maybe even close to 30 inches of rain, which is a year's worth, a good year's worth of rain, and we've had it all in the span of about a month."

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Plano reports third sewer overflow for second week in a row

Three sewage overflows have been reported in the past week, all near Glen Eagles Golf Course in Plano.

Last Tuesday, 159,900 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the nearby White Rock Creek. Saturday, the city reported about 174,180 gallons of wastewater and rainwater overflowed from a city manhole, and around 2 p.m. Monday, the city reported a third sewage overflow, all in the same area.

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Edwards Aquifer Authority board positions draw few candidates

Out of 10 positions on the Edwards Aquifer Authority’s board of directors that were open for election in 2018, only two will be on the November ballot because of a lack of candidates running for office.The authority manages groundwater pumping permits and other duties related to the Edwards Aquifer, a vast limestone rock layer that holds the largest source of drinking water in the San Antonio region. 

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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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200,000 gallons of wastewater spilled, City of Ranger cited

The City of Ranger has been cited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality after 200,000 gallons of semi-treated wastewater was spilled. According to the city, the wastewater flowed over the retainer walls at the treatment plant on Garrett Street and onto the city's recycling center next door. The spill was blamed on excessive rainfall and the failure of two effluent pump motors. The city said it was able to restore one of the pumps and is pulling the other for repair.
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Evacuations as Historic Floodwaters Devastate the Hill Country

Evacuations as Historic Floodwaters Devastate the Hill Country | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Floodwaters are once again ravaging the Texas Hill Country. In some areas, water levels are rising to historic levels, and the potential for danger is high. As of Tuesday morning, heavy rains have resulted in the washing away of bridges, numerous road closures, and evacuations.
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Duncanville Clean Up Crews Respond To Sewer Overflow

DUNCANVILLE—The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 13, 2018, with one in the vicinity of the 700 block of Forest Circle Drive and one in the vicinity of the 400 block of South Alexander, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek.

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Waco: City reports wastewater discharges totaling 68,000 gallons

WACO, Texas (KWTX) About 68,000 gallons of wastewater has discharged at various locations in Waco because of the heavy rain, the city announced Tuesday afternoon.

Among the sites where the discharges occurred were manholes at 7909 Skeet Eason Dr., 4900 Skeet Eason Dr., and 5201 Flat Rock Rd.All discharges have stopped and clean-up activities are underway, the city said.

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Trinity River flooding imminent after rain storms force releases from Lake Livingston

Liberty County Office of Emergency Management officials are advising those living along the Trinity River to be prepared for flooding. The river is rising as the Trinity River Authority (TRA) at Livingston Dam continues to raise the amount of water released because of heavy rains north of the dam.
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Facing deadline of 2022, San Marcos nears decision on flood projects

Facing deadline of 2022, San Marcos nears decision on flood projects | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Officials from the city of San Marcos are discussing how to spend $25 million of disaster recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and they will have to make a final choice soon.

The money, which was awarded in the wake of the two historic floods in 2015, must be entirely spent by 2022.

“We have to come up with a near-term solution even though we can’t fund the full long-term solution,” said Eric Ratzman, a senior project manager at Halff Associates, when he presented potential projects to community members Sept. 12 at the San Marcos Activity Center.

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TRINITY RIVER AUTHORITY REPORTS FOUR WASTEWATER OVERFLOWS

(ARLINGTON, TEXAS) – The Trinity River Authority has confirmed four sanitary sewer overflows at its Central Regional Wastewater System plant. The overflows occurred on Monday, Oct. 15, at the following locations and times:

  1. 2542 E. Highway 356, Irving, 8:08 a.m.
  2. 2304 Century City Drive, Irving, 8:30 a.m.
  3. 3555 International Place, Irving, 8:34 a.m.
  4. 3000 Proctor St., Irving, 8:34 a.m.

The overflows, which are still outflowing, occurred when heavy, widespread rain caused hydraulic overloading of the collection system.

All wastewater overflows in excess of 100,000 gallons must be reported to TCEQ, the public and other designated public officials. The final estimated quantity of the overflows will be reported to TCEQ.

The overflow from the four locations is very diluted and is being monitored. No public drinking water supplies have been threatened or contaminated by these overflows. The public is reminded to avoid contact with waste material, soil or water near the affected areas. TRA has notified all required city, county and state officials.

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Lake Travis sees increase in water levels

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas — Water levels at Lake Travis have increased 4 feet since midnight Oct. 16 and could continue to rise, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Office. This comes as evacuations are underway in Llano County due to major flooding along the Llano River.

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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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