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Fort worth's new pipeline will help conserve drinking waterFort worth's new pipeline will help conserve drinking water

When Fort Worth completes an 11.5-mile reclaimed-water pipeline this summer, it will allow Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Arlington and Euless to shift some of their usage away from potable water.

The reclaimed water can be used on ballfields and golf courses and even in the airport's cooling towers.

It was a distinctive enough approach that the Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $16.3 million interest-free loan to help build the project.

Funded with federal stimulus money, the pipeline is "a creative solution to increased demands on regional wastewater treatment plants," J. Kevin Ward, executive administrator of the Texas Water Development Board, said in the state agency's annual report.

"We expect to have the pipeline completed hopefully in May so the system can become operational no later than early June," said Mary Gugliuzza, a spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Water Department.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03/11/2915826/fort-worths-new-pipeline-will.html#ixzz1HLmgfscd


City receives grant for WaterSmart park

LEAGUE CITY — Faced with the threat of water resources drying up in the near future, League City will initiate its first major water conservation tool in the form of a park.

The city received a $665,036 Clean Water Act grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to build a WaterSmart Park near Louisiana Avenue south of FM 518.

Construction of the 3-acre park will begin in four to six months, Chien Wei, League City’s parks and cultural services director, said.

The park will educate residents and developers on ways to reduce water usage and contamination through community gardens, native plant displays, a nature play area, rain barrels and an outdoor classroom.


Let Edwards area voters make call

Lawmakers should authorize EARIP sales tax election.

With a crucial deadline looming, stakeholders in the Edwards Aquifer region are running against the wind as they ask lawmakers to authorize a sales tax election.

The state’s gargantuan budget woes are dominating the legislative session, and key state leaders have voiced opposition to any new taxes.

But allowing voters in the Edwards region to decide whether to tax themselves is not increasing taxes.


Spring flow sales tax increase closer

Funding for the protection of flows at the San Marcos and Comal springs during a drought reached two milestones Thursday.

The 26 stakeholders of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program reached consensus on a new ¼-cent sales tax and gained some political support for it. The tax would have to be authorized by the state Legislature and be approved by voters in at least 10 counties that draw from the aquifer or the Guadalupe River.

“I'm happy to introduce the legislation,” said Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio.

Mayor Julián Castro also expressed tentative support for the measure.

“I am inclined to be supportive, as long as the resources are spent in a way that ensures continued access to the Edwards Aquifer,” he said.


EAA ready to sue company over fuel tank

Law dating to 2002 bans such storage facilities over aquifer.

For the first time, the Edwards Aquifer Authority is preparing to sue a company to enforce a ban on new storage tanks over the aquifer.

The EAA law states there can be no new tanks, whether they store sewage or fuel, above the recharge zone. Any spill would go directly into San Antonio's drinking water supply and the city has no means of treatment.

“We are trying to protect water quality,” said Luana Buckner, EAA board chairwoman.

Since the ban was enacted in 2002it went unchallenged.  Then in 2009 Lattimore Materials installed a 12,000-gallon diesel tank at its quarry southeast of Medina Lake.

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