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Thursday, September 10th, 2015

New law won’t necessarily stop Electro Purification drilling

A bill that passed late in the legislative session gave some residents and officials hope that they can kill a controversial water-pumping project in western Hays County. But there's no guarantee that Houston-based Electro Purification won't ultimately be able to proceed with its plan.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Redrawing battle lines, Buda signs water deal with Kyle, San Marcos

Mere months away from projected water shortages, the Buda City Council approved an agreement this week to buy 1,120 acre-feet a year — one million gallons a day — of surplus water from the cities of Kyle...

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

For first time in history, San Marcos declares Stage 4 drought

Underscoring the severity of a years-long drought, San Marcos officials will impose Stage 4 water restrictions for the first time at noon on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

State casts doubt on San Antonio’s ‘bed and banks’ wastewater reuse plan

Several months after San Antonio Water System's bold move to secure ownership of its treated sewer water even after it gets released back into a public waterway, state regulators are saying they doubt that’s possible.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

TCEQ cuts off rice farmers, but Central Texas water supply worries persist

Most rice farmers in the lower Colorado River basin won't get irrigation water deliveries from the Highland Lakes this year, but Central Texas cities still worry that drinking water supplies could be depleted.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Audio: New technology takes aim at reservoir evaporation

Scientists say a new technology — involving a material derived from vegetable oil — could save billions of gallons of water from evaporation in Texas. But the technology has faced a rocky path to implementation.

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Audio: Plans for new reservoir could end long-running battle

The Lower Colorado River Authority this week approved a plan that should ease the strain on the Highland Lakes, the Central Texas water source that has long pitted rice farmers against municipalities.

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Kyle inks deal for last of Canyon Lake water rights

Maneuvering to provide for future growth, the city of Kyle has signed a deal that greatly expands the amount of water it gets from the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Hays County wants a ‘seat at the table’ on LCRA utilities sell off

Hays County Commissioners this week approved formation of a nonprofit corporation to explore making a bid for the Lower Colorado River Authority’s water and wastewater system in western Travis and northern Hays counties.

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