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Abilene does not need Cedar Ridge to fulfill water needs

Abilene Reporter News, November 15, 2015

Earlier this month, the Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group approved the 2015 Brazos G Regional Water Plan, with the price tag going up again on the proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir.

Being included in the regional plan doesn’t necessarily mean that the reservoir will be built — that’s up to the Abilene City Council. It’s time for Abilene residents to take a close look at the $290 million cost to build Cedar Ridge Reservoir — you’ll learn that building it would be a waste of Abilene residents’ money.

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Program helps building owners save green to go green: Program can help make buildings energy-efficient

Houston Chronicle, November 6, 2015

The Jewish Community Center wanted to update its 50-year-old building, which still functions with original energy-guzzling mechanical and electrical equipment. But the project’s multimillion-dollar price tag would leave less money available to serve the group’s core mission, said Joel Dinkin, executive vice president of the center.

Now, the 200,000-square-foot building on South Braeswood plans to be one of the first to take advantage of a new program in Houston designed to ease the way for a long-term loan to pay for energy-efficient heating and electrical systems, lighting and a new roof. The community center’s leaders believe it will reduce energy bills and free up money for the services it provides, from early childhood development, senior care and support for arts and culture.

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Vista Ridge Deal Dominates UTSA Water Symposium

Rivard Report, October 22, 2015

San Antonio Water System President and CEO Robert Puente offered a vigorous defense of the Vista Ridge project meeting the city’s long-term water needs at the same time he reaffirmed SAWS continuing commitment to conservation, which has won the water utility national acclaim.

Puente made his remarks Wednesday during the Texas Water Symposium at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) sponsored by the Hill Country Alliance, the first of two major water policy panels scheduled for late October.

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Identifying and Addressing the Water-Energy Nexus

Water World, October 19, 2015

Producing energy requires water, and treating water requires energy. This is the crux of the ‘water-energy nexus’ – the latest buzzword designed to draw attention to the explicit relationship between these two vital resources. “Basically, every ounce of water saved is energy saved, and vice versa,” said Dave Ribeiro, senior analyst in the Utilities, State, and Local Policy Program at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). “The overlap is your nexus.

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In 2014, Austin-area utilities lost 7 billion gallons of water

Austin American Statesman, October 9, 2015

One early Wednesday morning in Northwest Austin last year, RM 2222 just west of MoPac Boulevard collapsed, the consequence of a sudden flood of water pouring forth from a cracked 20-inch underground pipe, one that dated back to the 1950s.

Traffic would not return to normal till that Friday, and officials estimated that 1.5 million gallons of water were lost over two hours in the water main break, or roughly the amount used by 15 average Austin homes over an entire year.

In 2014, as Central Texas made its way through a debilitating drought, Central Texas communities lost more than 7 billion gallons of treated water, some from sudden spills like the MoPac mishap, or because water found its way out of leaky pipes or, due to faulty meters, was never properly accounted for.

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AUSTRALIA: Calif. could learn from nation’s ‘Big Dry’ response

Green Wire, September 28, 2015

Those enduring California’s ongoing drought can look to the world’s smallest continent for a vision of how they might end up because of it.

Through a 13-year drought called the “Big Dry,” Australians buckled down on water conservation and recycling, leaving their nation better prepared than ever for a future world where droughts could strike again.

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Report: Over-irrigation occurring at nearly every Huntsville home reviewed

Huntsville Item, September 13, 2015

The City of Huntsville enjoys being part of the community, working with organizations and individuals on many projects, events and initiatives. Recently, city staff members had the opportunity to assist on a research study with Sam Houston State University.

Associate professor Dr. Tim Pannkuk and assistant professor Dr. Art Wolfskill, in the Department of Agricultural Sciences & Engineering Technology at SHSU, reviewed three years of water usage and lot data for over 1,200 residential units in one local area (customer names and addresses were removed before the material was released to the researchers).

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WaterSmart Pulls Water Savings from the Cloud

Circle of Blue, September 4, 2015

Ideas flow for Robin Gilthorpe, a self-described “outdoor cat”, when he leaves the air-conditioned boxes of modern life.

A few years ago the veteran of the information technology industry biked west out of Denver, retracing the route of an earlier ride, when he noticed the drought-scorched landscape around one of America’s fastest growing cities. Gilthorpe, with 25 years experience at data analysis firms, thought he could bring a new approach to the West’s longstanding water problems.

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City may tighten outdoor watering rules as droughts persist

San Antonio Express News, August 31, 2015

Once-a-week lawn watering may soon become a permanent way of life as San Antonio seeks to balance conservation with the benefits of having a steady income for its utility to pay for reliable water service.

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