Georgia residents are thirsty for Tennessee water. And state lawmakers are willing to try and move the border in order to get it.
Augusta — The City of Augusta’s water problems haven’t improved in the past month.
Below average precipitation has made it even less likely that Santa Fe Lake and Augusta’s City Lake could be recharged in time to supplement the city’s water supply when usage demand increases in the spring.
Currently, barring a break in the main line, the city has enough water. The average daily usage has been well under 1.5 million gallons per day.
According to the city, Corpus Christ uses about 16 million gallons of water per day. But during the summer they say that’s going to shoot up to about 90 million gallons of water per day. And with our drought conditions only getting worse the city says residents need to take this drought management plan seriously.
Flowing water is something that could soon be harder to come by with a drought that just will not go away.
State Rep. Rene Oliveira of Brownsville is calling on Valley residents to conserve.
"We have reached a crisis with water in our state," said Oliveira.
Whether it’s for drinking, bathing, irrigation for agriculture, landscaping, or just plain fun, the National Weather Service said mother nature isn’t providing enough for the Valley.
While it has faded from the news somewhat, the Mississippi last summer came very close to shutting down to barge traffic because water levels were so low. Well, things weren’t really all that much better even back in December. The Mississippi just happens to be one of the more obvious places when a shortage of water begins to make itself felt.
If you’re unhappy about the increased rates in your water bill, enjoy paying $2.20 per $1,000 while it lasts.
he 5 percent system average water rate increase and updated rate structure approved by City Council in September 2012 will take effect with February 2013 water bills. The Council directed the City Manager to create a Joint Committee of three City Commissions, with input from the public, to develop recommendations for short and long-term financial plans to strengthen the financial stability of the Austin Water Utility. After a 6-month process which included 15 public meetings, and additional budget and rate hearings, the Council adopted the recommendations of the Joint Committee.
These Council approved recommendations aim to achieve a goal of 20% of total water revenue collected from fixed minimum charges. This will be accomplished by eliminating the current Revenue Stability Fee, and replacing it with:
New Residential volumetric rate block intervals are designed to better reflect residential usage patterns and further enhance water conservation.
AN ANTONIO — Your water bill will soon be going up. Council members were all in favor of increasing water rates—but they did so with harsh scolding to the San Antonio Water System.
Lake Zurich’s village board voted unanimously Monday to raise residents’ water rates by more than 15 percent over the next two years, despite issues raised by some residents.