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November 8th, 2010
County sets meeting on water and wastewater facilities


The Hays County Commissioners Court has scheduled a public meeting to share preliminary information about the current and future water and wastewater facility needs in the county.

The meeting will offer the public an opportunity for feedback and discussion and will focus on the area west of the IH-35 corridor cities.

With funding support from the Texas Water Development Board and 10 regional and local government entities and utilities with jurisdictions in the planning area, the study has already assessed current conditions and water/wastewater service demand and supplies. Also taken into consideration are alternative forecasts of future growth and associated service needs, current and future unmet needs and alternative management strategies for meeting those needs. Preliminary recommendations for water management actions needed in the next 50 years have also been compiled.

The study was commissioned due to rapid growth in much of Hays County and the expectation that the need for additional water sources and wastewater treatment facilities will continue to grow in these areas.

The county plans to issue a draft report for public comment in December and will hold another public meeting in January. The final report is scheduled for release in February 2011.

An information packet summarizing the initial results is available from the Hays County Grants Administrator, Jeff Hauff, at 512-393-2209 or The public meeting will be held Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dripping Springs City Hall, 511 Mercer Street.

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