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Public Hearing on Planned Wastewater Discharge By Dripping Springs

DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX November 10, 2016 – The community will finally have a chance to address City of Dripping Springs leaders and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as to why a proposal to directly discharge wastewater into Onion Creek is being pushed forward.

Protect Our Water (POW) and others plan to raise questions and submit formal comments opposing the plan. Scientists from Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD), Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) and City of Austin, have all stated the discharge will cause "significant degradation" in Onion Creek and could harm drinking water supply.

Dripping Spring Mayor Todd Purcell has said “If the discharge permit is going to negatively impact the quality of water in the aquifer, then we should re-evaluate disposal options.” However, now that science has been released showing high groundwater contamination risk, he and the Council have refused to publicly recognize the evidence or commit to a no-discharge solution.

The Public Hearing will be held on November 10, 2016 at 7pm at Dripping Springs Ranch Road Park, Special Events Venue Room, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

About POW.

POW is a citizen’s group organized to protect Onion Creek and local wells from pollution. For more information, see www.protectourwaternow.org. Press contact: protectourwaternow@gmail.com or Richard Beggs, 512-299-3442.

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