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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 of Whitehouse rescinds boil water notice

The city of Whitehouse has rescinded its boil water notice for homes that were affected by a drop in water pressure last week. 

The city issued the notice on Friday for homes located on Cheryl Street, Merri Lane, Candice Drive, Candice Court, Karla Drive, South Rainbow Drive and the 900 to 1400 blocks of East Main Street. Residents in those areas were required to boil water for consumption after a contractor damaged the water system while working in the area.

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Corpus Christi Council considers water ban settlement

Corpus Christi Council considers water ban settlement | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The State of Texas and City of Corpus Christi may be close to settling a lawsuit that arose following a water ban in December 2016. On December 14, 2016, Corpus Christi residents were instructed to not use water due to a potential contaminant in the city's water supply. The City of Corpus Christi will consider the terms of a settlement regarding litigation that arose from a 2016 water ban.

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Frisco raises water, sewer, solid waste rates 

Frisco raises water, sewer, solid waste rates  | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Frisco residents will see higher utility bills at the beginning of next year. Frisco City Council on Sept. 21 approved a 3% increase to water and sanitary sewer rates. The rate increases are necessary to meet debt service payments related to the Panther Creek and Stewart Creek wastewater treatment plants, according to Treasury Manager Brett Peterson. Frisco has also increased public utility staffing and spending, according to the FY 2021-22 budget. The city draws water from the North Texas Municipal Water District.

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SARA board approves 2021 property-tax rate

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) Board of Directors approved a property-tax rate of 1.858 cents per $100 of taxable value for 2021 after a Sept. 15 hearing. This property-tax rate is the same as last year’s rate, but is expected to generate tax revenues of almost $35.6 million for the river authority. This amount is $88,000 more than the initial revenue projection, according to SARA External Communications Manager Steven Schauer.

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Mayor of China and commissioner say new sewer plant could contribute to area's growth

The city of China and surrounding communities in northwest Jefferson County are booming, but there's concern the growth could stall without a new sewage treatment plant. That's why the mayor is seeking a solution that will benefit not only his city but the entire region. Mayor Butch Sanders of China thinks a new sewage treatment plant fits the criteria for funding under the CARES Act, which is federal funding in response to the hardships COVID is causing and covers infrastructure improvements.
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Joe Pool Lake Watershed Protection Stakeholder Meeting set for Sept. 30

Joe Pool Lake Watershed Protection Stakeholder Meeting set for Sept. 30 | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Joe Pool Lake Watershed Protection plan will host the 5th stakeholder meeting on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be held virtually via WebEx.

For more information, visit https://www.trinityra.org/.../joe_pool_lake_wpp/meetings.php

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Lake Gonzales’ dam spill gate failure brings uncertainty for residents, wildlife and environment

Lake Gonzales’ dam spill gate failure brings uncertainty for residents, wildlife and environment | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Lake Gonzales no longer spans nearly 700 acres after the dam’s spill gate failed in early August. Officials with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority(GBRA), which manages regional waterways, say a large tree became lodged in the spill gate on Aug. 3. The weight of the tree and the resulting water pressure may have led to the spill gate’s failure.

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City Council to continue emergency purchases to allow water to be obtained from Lake Tawakoni

The Greenville City Council intends to meet in a special session Friday morning, to approve an emergency purchase of two water pumps, which would allow for water to be brought to the city from Lake Tawakoni. The purchase of the two rebuilt pumps from comes after the Council voted Tuesday to approve three emergency measures to make sure the city could continue to obtain water from the reservoir, Friday’s special session is scheduled at 11 a.m. in the Municipal Building 2821 Washington Street.

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STAGE 1 DROUGHT CONTINGENCY FOR AREA

A number of area water systems have entered Stage 1 Drought Contingency. Central Texas Water Supply Corporation issued the notice of entry to Stage 1 of their Drought Contingency Plan after a mechanical breakdown at the Doc Curb Water Treatment Plant raw water intake. This issue may cause low water pressure for customers and it is recommended to stop all unnecessary use of water at this time.

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City looks into future growth, water issue for potential new development

The million-dollar question for the Canyon City Commission is not whether to grow, but which direction and how to pay for it.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners took a long look at options from a local developer that’s ready to jump in. Developer and investor Mark Hughes attended the Tuesday evening meeting to ask the commission to consider adding infrastructure needs to property he purchased in east Canyon on State Highway 217.

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St. Hedwig weighs concerns about wastewater plant

Council members also discussed concerns regarding the Green Valley Special Utility District (SUD) Clear Creek Subdivision Wastewater Treatment Plant; the plant is proposed to be constructed in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. Grimm, council members, and citizens of St. Hedwig are concerned about the plant and its potential impact on St. Hedwig. Environmental and property value concerns were among the main grievances noted.

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Multi-million dollar Orange drainage system improvements worked for some areas, others still flooded

Orange City officials said most areas avoided major flooding caused by Tropical Storm Nicholas partially because the storm moved so quickly and partially because of a multi-million dollar drainage system upgrade. The drainage system upgrade worked well for areas near Bridge City, Judge John Gothia said. Gothia said he did not see as much standing water in the area as he did during previous storms.

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“The smell is horrible,” Upper Valley residents react to weeks of sewage smell from wastewater pipe breaks

The smell of sewage continues to pester Upper Valley residents as El Paso Water says crews are working to repair damaged pipelines. The smell comes from pipes carrying wastewater from toilets and showers into treatment plants, generally from the property all over West El Paso. Crews are expected to make repairs to damaged pipes until November, according to a spokeswoman with El Paso Water.

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Cottonwood Shores awaiting TCEQ approval of new water, wastewater lines

Engineering plans for new water and wastewater lines in Cottonwood Shores have been sent to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for approval. Once approved, workers will start installing new water and wastewater lines in different parts of the city in the next few months.  TCEQ typically takes 30 days to give an answer, according to City Administrator J.C. Hughes. The drawings reached Hughes’ desk the week of Sept. 6, and he and Mayor Don Orr spent the following weekend reviewing them, he said.

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Santa Rosa residents consider proposed drainage district

Santa Rosa residents consider proposed drainage district | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

While fall officially starts Wednesday, hurricane season is still underway. With many flood-prone areas in the Valley, a proposed fix is on the table for residents in two cities. Santa Rosa City Manager Jared Hockema proposed creating Drainage District Number 6, which would include La Feria and Santa Rosa. Engineers hired by the county designed a long-term plan to create a drainage system that would be efficient and eventually have permanent water pumps. 

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Anna Council approves water, sewer, trash rates

Anna Council approves water, sewer, trash rates | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Anna City Council approved new trash, water, and sanitary sewer service rates during its Sept. 14 meeting. These rates will go into effect on Oct. 31 and be reflected on resident’s November bills.   According to city officials, the rate increases represent the minimum recommended increases needed to balance the revenues and expenses of the services while meeting the needs of the growing population it serves. 

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TRA employees bash trash to keep the Trinity clean

TRA employees bash trash to keep the Trinity clean | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Our employees rolled up their sleeves to lend a helping hand cleaning the Trinity River. Thanks to all who participated in the Fall Trash Bash!

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EPWater provides update on wastewater emergency in West El Paso

Utility officials say this will eliminate wastewater flows into area stormwater ponds that have contributed to significant odors in the surrounding area.  The repair will also reduce some of the volume of wastewater discharged into the Rio Grande. “We have reached a point where we are gradually reducing the impact to affected businesses and residents,” said EPWater Chief Technical Officer Gilbert Trejo. 

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City participates in COVID-19 wastewater testing

City participates in COVID-19 wastewater testing | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
For a 10-week period during the summer, the City of San Marcos participated in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 Wastewater Monitoring Program.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]
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Mercedes approves budget; greenlights tax, water rate hikes

Mercedes approves budget; greenlights tax, water rate hikes | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Mercedes city officials moved forward with implementing increases in the city’s property tax rate, and water and sewer rates during a special meeting Tuesday night. The city commission also approved the budget for fiscal year 2021-22.
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Hunt County on verge of severe drought, fire danger

Entering the last weekend of the summer, one indicator reveals much of Hunt County, along with the surrounding region of north and northeast Texas, are reaching significant levels of drought conditions, along with a rising grass fire threat. But relief is on the way, as additional rain chances and much cooler temperatures are expected to arrive in the middle of next week.

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TRINITY RIVER AUTHORITY SIGNS STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR GUARD AND RESERVE MEMBERS

TRINITY RIVER AUTHORITY SIGNS STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR GUARD AND RESERVE MEMBERS | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Trinity River Authority of Texas signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. A Department of Defense program, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve confirms the Authority joins other employers in pledging:

• We fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
• We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
• We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
• We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crises and in war.

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Our Water: First ever regional flood mitigation plan

The 2019 Texas Legislature created and funded the first ever regional and state flood planning process. The Flood Plan objectives include documentation of existing flood infrastructure and preparedness, identify current and future flood hazard risks, and develop flood mitigation/management goals. Rick Bacon, Tom Green County Commissioner, says, “Part of the plan is also to identify projects that will help mitigate this stuff.

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SAWS Board approves COVID-19 relief plan to aid past due customers

SAWS Board approves COVID-19 relief plan to aid past due customers | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The San Antonio Water System’s board of trustees formally approved a COVID-19 relief plan Tuesday to help SAWS customers who have fallen behind on their water bill payments due to the coronavirus pandemic. The utility’s Oct. 1 deadline for resuming disconnections is just over two weeks away, and more than 47,000 accounts, representing more than $53 million, are delinquent, SAWS Vice President of Customer Experience Mary Bailey told the board Tuesday.

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Austin Water responds to funeral homes flushing blood, liquids down the drain without permits

Austin Water responds to funeral homes flushing blood, liquids down the drain without permits | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The City of Austin’s water and wastewater utility released a statement after several reports claimed funeral homes were flushing blood and embalming fluids down the drain without permits. The utility returns wastewater to the Colorado River. It serves over 1,000,000 people across 548 square miles, according to its website; and its two water treatment plants generate wastewater into high-quality effluent, of which over a billion gallons are reclaimed every year.

 

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