RENEWED THREAT OF SEWAGE DISCHARGE INTO THE HIGHLAND LAKES
For more than 20 years, discharges of treated sewage into the Highland Lakes have been pretty much eliminated. The Highland Lakes Discharge Ban, as it is known, was a rule put into place by the Texas Water Commission (a predecessor to TCEQ), after heroic efforts by multiple groups, led by Protect Lake Travis Association (see History of PLTA). Sewage plant operators were steered to land-based application of the treated effluent. The more innovative operators, such as Lakeway Municipal Utility District, developed a market for the effluent, primarily selling it for irrigation of golf courses and landscaping.
Treated sewage is bad for lakes - and the people that use them. The discharge ban has helped keep Lake Travis as clean as it is. Now there is a petition effort, led primarily by the cities of Leander and Marble Falls, to have the discharge ban lifted so they can once again dump their treated sewage into the lake chain. (See news article HERE). These players are rather callously trying to leverage concern over the drought to make the argument that we "need" their treated sewage in order to increase lake levels. No, we need them to reduce their water intake from the Highland Lakes by using the wastewater effluent productively.
PLTA believes the Highland Lakes Discharge Ban must remain in place and be enforced. Sewage plant operators must make the necessary investments to productively and safely dispose of the byproducts of their business and not dump them on their downstream neighbors.
Stay tuned, your help will be needed against this renewed threat.
|MORE WATER HAULING ADVICE
Just a quick update on the water delivery situation. I spoke to Gordon at Chinatown Water this morning and he said he has added two more trucks and is now taking new customers. As busy as they are, he couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. They are also the closest to us so should be the cheapest.
GR, FM 2769(Chinatown Water Works, Cedar Park, (512) 528-1825)
|PROPOSAL FOR A VOLENTE SHORELINE CLEANUP TO BE|
COORDINATED WITH LAKE TRAVIS CLEANUP EVENT SEPT. 13
Attention waterfront owners! This drought has exposed a lot of ugly and dangerous things normally hidden underwater - rusty old barrels, car tires, pieces of docks and boats, and many odd or unrecognizable objects. None of these things belong in our lake.
The upcoming LAKE TRAVIS UNDERWATER CLEANUP event covered in the last e-News does not address the privately owned waterfront or the coves. Protect Lake Travis Association, a sponsor of the event, has suggested that Volente could be a test case to see if a coordinated effort with owners could be successful. The event organizers are listening and waiting. We need to know if we can have enough owners and volunteers willing to donate the time & effort to remove exposed debris and load it onto barges prior to and on the day of the event. If you are willing to participate, simply reply to this email or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.