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[00:00:03]

OKAY RIGHT NOW, ONE

[CALL TO ORDER]

30 AND WE'LL START WITH WATER COMMISSION, JULY 14TH, 2021 VIDEO CONFERENCING AND IVD COMMISSION APPEND.

AND THEN BEFORE WE MOVE ON AND, UH, I CAN, UH, UH, DISCUSS ABOUT FOR THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE F UH, AUGUST THE FOURTH, AND WE'VE GOT TWO OPTIONS.

ONE IS THE VIDEO CONFERENCING.

THE OTHER ONE IS IN PERSON, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE, UH, ON WEDNESDAY EVENING EITHER.

, UH, COMMISSIONER CHECK ON YOUR SCHEDULE AND IT'S THE END OF TODAY'S MEETING.

WE WILL DISCUSS AND TO MAKE DECISION MIXED THE MEETING, UH, SCHEDULE PLANNING.

AND OKAY, NOW LET'S MOVE ON

[A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

TO ITEM EIGHT APPROVAL OF MINUTES OR MINUTES FROM THE JUNE 2ND, 2021 MEETING COMMISSIONER.

I GOT A CHANCE TO GET IT.

IS THERE ANY EDITING OR ANY COMMENTS OR ANY OTHER MOTION I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? MY COMMISSIONER.

MS. CHERYL AND MS. SPRINGER, PLEASE CALLED A LOAD.

YES, SIR.

AND I JUST WANTED TO, UH, MENTION THAT ALL MEMBERS ARE PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF COMMISSIONER CHRISTIE WILLIAMS, WHO IS ABSENT.

SO, UH, FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES WITH, UH, COMMISSIONER MICHELLE MAKING A MOTION AND VICE CHAIR, CASTLEBERRY, UH, SECONDING, UH, COMMISSIONER MORIARTY.

YES, YES, YES, YES.

COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS. ABSENT COMMISSIONER FISHER.

YES.

YES.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, THE MINUTES ARE PASSED.

THANK YOU, MS. FANTA.

NOW LET'S MOVE

[B. ITEMS FOR COMMISSION’S REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION FOR APPROVAL TO CITY COUNCIL]

TO ITEM B AND WE WILL GO AROUND THE TABLE AND ASK A COMMISSION THAT IF ANY, WE, THOSE QUESTIONS AND WE STOP WITH COMMISSIONER MOODY, PLEASE.

NO, NO QUESTIONS.

CAN WE SHOOT A PAIN? UH, NO QUESTIONS.

I HAVE A RECUSAL ON ITEM B SIX.

WE WERE ASSIGNED MY FIRM AS A SUB CONSULTANT ON THAT PROJECT.

THANK YOU.

LET ME SHIFT.

I HAVE A RECUSAL ON ITEM EIGHT.

UM, MY FIRM HAD SUBMITTED A STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS TO THAT CONTRACT.

I ALSO HAVE A REPEATABLE ONE ITEM 11.

MY FIRM IS PROVIDING ENGINEERING SERVICES TO THE MASTER DEVELOPER.

NO QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

AND I GOT TO WEEK TWO.

SO NUMBER SEVEN IS SOFTENED TO THE DESIGN ENGINEER FOR THE PROJECT.

VICE CHAIR, KITSAP ERIN, NO QUESTIONS, NO RECUSALS COMMISSIONER MOSCOW, NO REFUSALS.

I HAVE A QUESTION.

I HAVE SEVEN.

OKAY.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER FOR SURE.

NO QUESTION.

NO QUESTIONS.

NO RECUSALS.

OKAY.

SO ON A CONSENT ITEMS ARE E 1, 2 3 4 5 9 N.

AND THE, LET ME REPEAT ONE MORE TIME.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, QUAIL, ELECTRONIC.

THERE IS A MOTION.

I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE .

IS THERE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND.

THIS IS TERESA.

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WE SHOULD LOOK TO THE EDIT.

SECOND FOR THE CONSENT ITEM IS SPRANG UP WITH HIS COAT AND OLD ON THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH VICE-CHAIR CASTLEBERRY MAKING A MOTION AND COMMISSIONER TRITA SECONDING COMMISSIONER MORIATTI PEN.

YES.

COMMISSIONER MICHELLE.

YES.

CHARLIE.

YES.

COMMISSIONER MOSCOW'S.

YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHER.

YES.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS PASS.

THANK YOU.

ITEM

[B.6. Recommend approval to negotiate and execute an amendment to the professional services agreement with Carollo Engineers, Inc. for professional engineering services for the Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks Improvements in the amount of $4,600,000, for a total contract amount not to exceed $5,600,000. (District 1)]

SIX.

I THINK I'M IN APPROVAL TO NEGOTIATE.

AND IT'S CUTE.

AN AMENDMENT TO THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH COLORADO ENGINEERS OR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE WALNUT CREEK WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT, THE HEAD WALKS IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AMOUNT OF 4 MILLION, $600,000 FOR A TOTAL CONTRACT A MONTH, NOT TO EXCEED $5.6 MILLION.

AND THIS DISTRICT NUMBER ONE, AND I BELIEVE, UH, COMMISSIONER PENN IS CHOOSING AND THE COMMISSIONER YOU'VE GOT ANY QUESTIONS.

AND THIS ITEM, I CAN GO AHEAD AND MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE MOTION MADE BY COMMISSIONER MICHELLE.

I'LL SECOND.

IT .

OKAY.

IT'S FOR BASICS WITH COMMISSIONER MICHELLE MAKING THE MOTION AND COMMISSIONER MUSGROVE SECONDING THE MOTION AND COMMISSIONER PENN RECUSING.

MR. MORIARTY.

YES.

YES, YES.

YES.

SIX PASSES.

THANK YOU.

AND WE'LL MOVE TO ITEM B

[B.7. Recommend approval to award and execute a construction contract with Underground Water Solutions Co., for the Beverly Road Water and Wastewater Pipeline Renewal project in the amount of $868,881.00 plus a $86,888.10 contingency, for a total contract amount not to exceed $955,769.10. (District 10).]

SEVEN AND THEN I WILL ASK, UH, VICE CHAIR CONDUCT MEETING, PLEASE.

OKAY.

I THEN, UM, D SEVEN, FOUR RECOMMEND APPROVAL TO AWARD AND EXECUTE A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT WITH THE UNDERGROUND WATER SOLUTIONS COMPANY FOR THE BEVERLY ROAD WATER AND WASTEWATER PIPELINE RENEWAL PROJECT, AND THE AMOUNT OF $868,881.

PLUS AN $86,888, 10 CENTS CONTINGENCY OR A TOTAL CONTRACT AMOUNT, NOT TO EXCEED $955,769 AND 10 CENTS.

THIS IS IN DISTRICT 10.

WE HAVE A COMMISSIONER LEE RECUSING, AND WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM COMMISSIONER MUSGROVE.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'M JUST CURIOUS AS TO WHAT THE THOUGHT WAS THAT TWO THEY'RE THE SAME CONTRAST WITH THE UNDERGROUND WATER SOLUTIONS COMPANY.

THEY NOT TWO PROJECTS AWARDED LAST MONTH AND THEY WERE, THEY'RE ALL KIND OF HIGH PRIORITY PROJECTS.

I JUST DIDN'T KNOW IF THAT CONCERNS ANYBODY OR IF THEY'RE THEY THINK THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HELP THEM STAFF AVAILABLE TO, TO GET THOSE PROJECTS THEN IN THE TIMEFRAME, THE LOCK-IN SO SORRY.

WE'RE HAVING TROUBLE HEARING YOU.

WELL, I DON'T KNOW.

I HEARD HER QUESTION.

OKAY.

CAN WE MOVE IT OVER? YES.

WE'RE MOVING OVER RIGHT NOW.

DID YOU HEAR THE QUESTION? I DID.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON, COMMISSIONERS ON

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THE GATE, THESE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS, AS YOU KNOW, THEY, UH, CONTRACTORS ARE WARRANTED BASED ON LOW BED.

WE DO HAVE REQUIREMENTS IN THE CONTRACT FOR PAYMENT AND PERFORMANCE BONDS, AND WE HAVE A TIME OF CONSTRUCTION SET, UM, OR REQUIRE THE CONTRACTOR UP FRONT TO PROVIDE US A SCHEDULE, SHOWING THAT THEY CAN PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO MEET OUR REQUIRED SCHEDULE.

I BELIEVE ON THIS ONE, IT IS 360 CALENDAR DAYS.

SO BY, BY, UM, SUBMITTING A BID, THEY'RE COMMITTING TO MEETING THAT SCHEDULE THAT'S IN THE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS, AND THEN WE WILL MONITOR, UM, THEIR PROGRESS AS WELL AND, UM, REQUIRE THEM TO PROVIDE ANY CATCH-UP PLANS IF THEY, IF THEY FALL BEHIND.

OKAY.

UM, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ON ITEM G SEVEN DISCUSSION.

OKAY.

ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

I MOVE TO APPROVE ITEM SEVEN.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER, APPROVED.

DO I HAVE A SECOND? I SECOND.

AND COMMISSIONER SECONDS.

UM, WE WILL THEN LET BLANCA DO THE REST REAL QUICK.

THANK YOU.

I DON'T, UH, AGENDA ITEM B SEVEN WITH CONSTRUCT MOSCOW OF MAKING A MOTION AND COMMISSIONER TRITA SECOND AND SECONDING THAT MOTION.

AND CHEERLY RECUSING.

COMMISSURE.

MORIARTY.

YES.

COMMISSIONER PEN.

YES.

COMMISSIONER MICHELLE.

YES.

VICE CHAIR.

CASTLEBERRY.

YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHER.

YES.

AGENDA ITEM B SEVEN PASSES.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

YOU AT ALL, TURNS THAT MEETING BACK OVER TO CHAIR LEE.

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE ON

[B.8. Recommend approval to negotiate and execute an amendment to the professional services agreement with K Friese & Associates, Inc., Request for Qualifications Solicitation No. CLMP246 to provide engineering services for South Area and Northwest Area Lift Station Improvements in the amount of $86,000, for a total contract amount not to exceed $3,586,000. (Related to item B9)]

TO ITEM B ELITE.

WE COMMAND APPROVAL TO NEGOTIATE AND IT'S CUTE.

AND AMENDMENT TO THE POPULATION WAS SERVICES.

AGREEMENT IS K FREEZE AND ASSOCIATES INC.

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS.

SORRY.

STATION NUMBERS HERE.

M P OH FOUR, SIX, PRETTY MUCH ENGINEERING SERVICES OR THE SOUTH AREA AND THE NORTHWEST AREA.

IF STATION IMPROVEMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $86,000 OR TOTAL CONTRACT AMOUNT THAT EXCEED 3 MILLION, $586,000.

AND THIS IS RELATED TO WHO ITEM B NINE.

AND I BELIEVE, UH, COMMISSIONER AND ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSIONERS? IT NEEDS NO PUSHY MOVE IN THE 10 MOTION.

MOTION TO APPROVE.

MY COMMISSIONER TO RITA.

I'LL SECOND IT.

AND COMMISSIONER MUST GROUP SECOND.

IT FOR ITEM B EIGHT WITH COMMISSIONER.

TRITA MAKING A MOTION AND COMMISSIONER MUSGROVE SECONDING WITH COMMISSIONER MICHELLE RECUSING.

COMMISSIONER MORIARTY.

YES.

COMMISSIONER PEN.

YES.

CHAIR LEE.

YES.

VICE CHAIR.

CASTLEBERRY.

YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHER.

YES.

ITEM B EIGHT PASSES.

THANK YOU, MS. BRANCA, IT'S MOVING

[B.11. Recommend approval of a resolution for the issuance by Pilot Knob Municipal Utility District No. 2 of Unlimited Tax Bonds, Series 2021, in a principal amount not to exceed $3,500,000.]

ON TO ITEM B 11.

WE COMMEND APPROVAL OF A NEW SOLUTION FOR THE ISSUANCE BY NEF MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT.

NUMBER TWO OF OUR NAME UNLIMITED X POUNDS SERIES ONE D 21 IN THE POLICE REPORT AMOUNT, NOT TO EXCEED $3.5 MILLION AND THAT'D BE CHIEF, UH, COMMISSIONER MICHELLE IS RECUSING ON IT AND ANY PUSHES COMMISSIONER

[00:15:04]

OKAY.

I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE IT.

IS THERE A SECOND? THIS IS THERESA I SECOND, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER COMMISSIONER PRIETA.

ITEM B 11 WITH THE MOTION BY CHAIR LEE SECOND AND BY COMMISSIONER AND COMMISSIONER MICHELLE RECUSING.

COMMISSURE MORIARTY.

YES.

COMMISSIONER PEN.

YES.

VICE CHAIR.

CASTLEBERRY.

YES.

COMMISSIONER MUSK GROVE.

YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHER.

YES.

ITEM B 11 PASSES.

OKAY.

I MEAN, WE FINISHED UP ALL THE ITEM BS.

NO, WE SHOULD.

WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEMS. SHE WANTS UPDATES CHAIR.

YES.

WE NEED TO DO CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

WELL, RIGHT.

SO, SO YOU GOT TO DO A LATER.

YEAH, HE'S GOOD.

YEAH.

UM, THANK YOU.

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE

[C.1. Update from Austin Integrated Water Resource Planning Community Task Force]

ON TO ITEM C ONE UPDATE FROM AUSTIN INDIE WAVE.

WHAT ARE WE SAW? SPRAYING COMMUNITY TASK FORCE COMMISSION MORIARTY PLEASE.

YES.

WE HAD OUR EVERY TWO MONTH MEETING, UH, YESTERDAY AND WE RECEIVED A BRIEFING FROM THE STAFF ON VARIOUS ISSUES RELATED TO THE WATER FORWARD PLAN.

UM, AND WE ALSO RECEIVED A BRIEFING FROM AUSTIN WATER, SOME OF THE WINTER WEATHER ISSUES RELATED TO THE COMMUNICATIONS, UM, INFORMATION.

AND, UH, WE'RE WE'RE, I MEAN, VERY POSITIVE THINGS.

THIS, THE STAFF, THEY ARE WORKING ON 1,001 T3 UPDATE TO THE WATER FORWARD PLAN.

SO THAT WORK IS GOING FORWARD AND, UM, ALL THE ELEMENTS OF THE PLAN ARE, UH, ARE MOVING FORWARD.

SO I WOULD SAY IT WAS A GOOD MEETING AND, UM, I'D BE HAPPY TO ANY QUESTIONS ANYONE MIGHT HAVE, WE SHOULD HAVE SCOTT, ANY QUESTION BOOKS.

OKAY.

OH, I BET YOU FINN.

HELLO? OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORT.

LET'S MOVE ON

[C.2. Update from Winter Storm Working Group]

TO ITEM C TO UPDATE FROM WINTER STORM WALKING GROUP.

NICE CHILL AS A BAY.

UM, BUT WORK GROUP JUST MEANT MET TWO DAYS AGO.

UM, UM, OUR THIRD MEETING, UM, KIND OF POURING INTO THE DETAILS UTILITY STAFF, UH, WALKED US THROUGH FOCUS ON THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, UM, AND, UH, DIFFERENT ASPECTS ABOUT, UM, WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE STORM.

I WILL SAY THAT UTILITIES DIGGING VERY DEEP, UM, AND, UM, LOOKING HARD AT, UH, WHAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT THINGS COULD HAVE, UM, UH, WHAT THINGS THEY DID DO.

I KNOW IT WAS VERY ENLIGHTENING FOR ME TO SEE AND KNOW THROUGH, THROUGH THIS PROCESS, THE THINGS THAT THEY DID DO THAT I WASN'T AWARE OF.

UM, THEY ACTUALLY HAD SOME OPERATION OR DISTRICT.

I CALL THEM OPERATION STAFF THAT I GUESS, UM, THEY HAD SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE OUT IN THE FIELD WORKING TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, THINGS WERE BEING DEALT WITH, UM, AS, AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE, UM, IN THE ROOM WITH US AND, UM, BOTH ON THE METER SIDE, UM, ON THE DISTRIBUTION LINE SIDE ANYWAYS, UM, IT, THERE, WE'RE STILL IN THE PROCESS LOOKING FORWARD TO, UM, WE STILL HAVE, THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE IN AUGUST 18TH AND WE'LL BE FOCUSED

[00:20:01]

AT, ON THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT AND OPERATIONS.

THERE'LL BE ANOTHER MEETING AFTER THAT.

UM, THAT WE'LL LOOK AT THE EMERGENCY, UM, ENTERPRISE RESPONSE PLAN.

I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY IF I GOT THE WORDING OF THAT.

CORRECT.

UM, AND THEN THERE'S BEEN DISCUSSION A NEWS FOR WORK GROUP MEMBERS.

THERE MAY BE ANOTHER MEETING COMING.

UM, THE, THE YOU'LL HEAR AFTER THAT, UM, TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS.

UM, BUT IN GENERAL, A UTILITY STAFF IS DIGGING DEEP AND REALLY TAKING A HARD LOOK AT ALL THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS.

UM, AND I THINK WE HAD SOME GOOD DISCUSSIONS AND HOPEFULLY PROVIDED SOME VALUABLE FEEDBACK TO THEM.

UM, I'LL ENTERTAIN ANY QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

LET ME SHARE THAT PUSHES FOR VICE CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORT.

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE

[D.1. 2020 -2021 Annual Internal Review Report]

ON TO ITEM C 1 20 21 ANNUAL INTERNAL REVIEW REPORTS.

AND I BELIEVE COMMISSIONERS GOT A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THAT REPORT AND THAT THIS IS AN ANNUAL REPORT THAT WE NEED TO SUBMIT TO THE CITY.

AND MY QUESTION IS YOU GOT ANY COMMENTS OR ANY LAST MINUTE STRATEGY THAT WANT TO BE DONE.

IF NOT, THEN WE'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ACCEPT IT.

I'LL MAKE A MOTION.

MOTION, MOTION MADE BY VICE CHAIR.

IS THIS A SECOND, MR. MICHEL SECONDS? I GET MY COMMISSION AND MICHELLE IS CALLED A LOAD.

YES, SIR.

FOR AGENDA ITEM D ONE WITH VICE CHAIR, CASTLEBERRY MAKING A MOTION AND COMMISSIONER MICHELLE SECONDING THAT CAN WE SHAMANA YARDI? YES.

YES.

CHAIR LEAN.

YES.

CAN I SHARE MY SCREEN? YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHER.

YES.

COMMISSIONER TRUER.

YETTA.

YES.

ITEM D ONE PASSES.

THANK YOU, MISS BRENDA.

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE ON TO ITEM

[D.2. Approve a request from the Water and Wastewater Commission for Council Committee consideration of an audit of the Customer Assistance Program]

TWO REQUEST.

COUNCIL COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION OF AN ORCHID OF CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

ALSO KNOWN AS CAP AND WE GOT A CD THEN FOR ROBBINS.

I NEED TO SPEAK MR. ROBINSON AND HE DOES THREE MINUTES TO MAKE A PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

HERE'S THE POWERPOINT READY? IT'S COMING UP.

WELL, WE'LL TELL YOU WHEN YOUR TIME STARTS, SIR.

WELL, CAN YOU SAY YOUR TIME IS, UH, YOUR PRESENTATION UP AND THANK YOU, COMMISSION.

I'M PAUL ROBBINS.

I ATTENDED YOUR JUNE MEETING TO BESEECH YOU TO ASK THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL FOR AN AUDIT OF THE CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM THAT HELPS LOW INCOME RATE PAYERS WITH UTILITY BILLS.

I APPRECIATE YOUR CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOLUTION TODAY.

I HAVE THREE POINTS TO MAKE FIRST, UH, CAN YOU SHOW THE SLIDE OF THE LETTER, UH, DURING THE DISCUSSION OF HIS SUBJECT IN JUNE, ONE OF THE COMMISSIONERS WONDERED WHY THE SOLID WASTE UTILITY DID NOT PARTICIPATE.

I ANSWERED THAT ACCORDING TO A DISCUSSION I HAD WITH THE FORMER MANAGER OF THE DEPARTMENT, HE WAS AGAINST THIS BECAUSE CAP DID NOT IN QUALM INCOME, QUALIFY PEOPLE ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS.

I HAVE SINCE PROVIDED A COPY OF THE LETTER THAT I ASSUMED YOU ALL RECEIVED FROM THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF SOLID WASTE.

THAT DOCUMENTS MY ANSWER TO THAT.

MY ANSWER TO THE COMMISSION WAS ACCURATE.

SECOND AUSTIN ENERGY DEFENDED IT'S AUTOMATIC ENROLLMENT PROCESS IN JUNE.

BY STATING THAT SINCE SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS, UH, THAT PARTICIPANTS WERE DRAWN FROM

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ALREADY REQUIRE INCOME PARTICIPATION, THE PROCESS WAS SOUND.

THIS WAS NOT ACCURATE.

IF SOMEONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD IS PARTICIPATING IN A SOCIAL PROGRAM, IT DOES NOT MEAN THE HOUSEHOLD ITSELF IS POOR.

AS EXAMPLE, WHEN THE AUSTIN STATESMAN FIRST COVERED THIS PROBLEM ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE DECEMBER 1ST, 2014, STATESMAN, IT REPORTED A CITY COUNCIL MEMBER RECEIVED A CAP DISCOUNT WITHOUT REQUESTING IT.

HE BELIEVED THIS OCCURRED BECAUSE A RELATIVE LIVING AT HIS HOME RECEIVED BENEFITS FROM A SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAM, EVEN THOUGH HIS HOUSEHOLD WAS NOT POOR.

THIS HAS OCCURRED MANY TIMES.

THIRD, MY FINAL POINT, UH, LAST MONTH I SHOWED THREE HOUSEHOLDS RECEIVING DISCOUNTS THAT APPEARED TO BE QUITE WEALTHY.

I SHOWED ONLY THREE BECAUSE I HAD LIMITED TIME, BUT LET ME SHOW YOU THREE MORE.

WOULD YOU SHOW THIS SLIDE? UH, THIS NORTHWEST AUSTIN GREENBELT HOME, UH, ON I'M NOT SEEING IT.

UM, YEAH, WE CAN.

OH, CAN I CONTINUE THAT? PLEASE DO.

OKAY.

UH, THIS FIRST NORTHWEST AUSTIN GREEN BELL HOME WORTH $750,000 IS RECEIVING CAP SLIDE.

HERE'S ANOTHER NORTHWEST AUSTIN HOME RECEIVING CAP.

THE RIGHT PAYER OWNS OR CO OWNS THREE OTHER PROPERTIES FOR A TOTAL REAL ESTATE VALUE OF $1.7 MILLION.

THIRD SLIDE.

AND HERE IS A NORTHWEST AUSTIN HOME, A 5,300 SQUARE FOOT IN SIZE THAT HAS RECEIVED CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE SINCE 2014.

THIS GREENBELT HOME HAS SOLAR POWER AND ED CHARGER, A GAME ROOM, A WET BAR AND 1700 SQUARE FOOT OF DECKS AND TERRACES SQUARE FEET OF DECKS AND TERRACES.

UH, SO COMMISSION, THIS HAS TO STOP, I BELIEVE IN AUDIT IS THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS.

I HOPE YOU AGREE, AND WE'LL PASS THIS RESOLUTION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MISS MR. ROBBINS COMMISSIONERS.

THIS ITEM IS SPONSORED BY COMMISSIONER MORIARTY AND THE CO-SPONSORED BY VICE CHAIR CASTLEBERRY.

AND THEY TRIED TO GET EVERY SOLUTION BY THE, BECAUSE OF THE CITY CHARTER REQUIREMENTS THAT WE GOT FOOD USE THE FORM OR THIS ITEM.

AND I BELIEVE IN YOUR PACKET, YOU GOT A TITLE IS LEAST IN THE COMMISSION COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDA QUEST.

THIS IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO IMPEDE.

THIS ITEM BEEN APPROVED.

IT WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE COUNCIL.

AND THEN, THEN YOU SEE THIS ITEM NEED TO BE CONTINUING AS WE TWIST IT OR NOT.

SO LET ME SHARE THE SCREEN.

ANY QUESTIONS CHAIR? I'D JUST LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT.

WELL, I HAVE, PLEASE.

I WOULD JUST SAY I, I DO APPRECIATE MR. ROBBINS BRINGING THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COMMISSION AND MR. MORIARTY PULLING THIS TOGETHER FOR US.

I WOULD CAUTION, UH, LOOKING SOLELY AT, UH, REAL ESTATE VALUES IN THIS MARKET, UH, WITH WHICH HAVE GONE UP TREMENDOUSLY THIS PAST YEAR AND HAVE STEADILY GONE UP OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.

I DO SUPPORT IN AUDIT AND DO AGREE THAT INCOME SHOULD BE PART OF THE, UH, FACTORS AND INCLUSION IN THE CAP PROGRAM.

BUT I WOULD JUST CAUTION EVERYONE SOLELY LOOKING AT REAL ESTATE VALUES AS A, AS A METRIC OF, UH, UH, GETTING INTO THE CAP PROGRAM.

THANKS.

THANK YOU, MICHELLE.

YOU GOT ANY MORE QUESTION? IF NOT, WE WILL ASK SUPPORT IS FREE SOLUTION OR NOT IS

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SPRUNG UP.

HE'S CALLED IT OFF.

UM, I WANTED TO ASK IF YOU WANTED TO, UH, REQUEST FOR SOMEONE TO MAKE A MACHINE ON THE SIDE OF THEM, OR IF YOU JUST WANT TO MAKE A STORY, THE COMMISSIONER, WE ARE INDEPENDENT EMOTION, BUT IT SHOULD BE BILL MORIARTY MOVES APPROVAL.

SECONDS.

HOW MANY SHOULD I TURN INTO SECONDS? OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SO FOR ITEM A DAY, TUNE WITH COMMISSIONER, MORIARITY MAKING MOTION FOR APPROVAL AND COMMISSIONED TRUE YETTA SECONDING.

THAT COMMISSIONER PEN.

YES.

CHAIRMAN YES.

VICE CHAIR.

CASTLEBERRY.

YES.

COMMINSURE NOT SCHOOLS.

YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHER.

YES.

COMMISSIONER MICHELLE.

YES.

AGENDA ITEM D TWO PASSES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE ON TO

[E.1. Water Conservation and On-Site Reuse Pilot Incentives]

ITEM E CONSERVATION AND ONSITE.

WE USE INCENTIVES.

THIS ITEM WAS A REQUEST BY VICE CHAIR, KISSEL CASTLEBERRY, AND WE WILL LET'S UH, STOP THE TEMPTATION PLEASE STAFF OVER KEVIN COOGEE, UH, AND KEVIN CRITTENTON AND ANY OTHERS THAT WERE IDENTIFIED.

OKAY.

WERE PULLING OVER KEVIN CREGAN KEVIN CRITTENDON RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU.

UM, I DON'T THINK SO.

YEAH.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

COMMISSIONERS.

CAN YOU, CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? YES.

OH, VERY GOOD.

ALRIGHT.

FOR THE RECORD, MY NAME IS KEVIN CLOONEY MANAGER OF THE WATER CONSERVATION WATER CONSERVATION DIVISION.

I AM EXCITED TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY TO TALK ABOUT, CAN YOU ALSO OKAY, GREAT.

UM, OH, SORRY.

NEXT SLIDE.

YES.

GOOD.

OKAY.

SO HAPPY TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT A LOT OF CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES AND ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS. HOWEVER, I WILL APOLOGIZE TO COMMISSIONER MORIARTY, UH, FOR SEEING ALMOST THE EXACT SAME PRESENTATION YESTERDAY.

IT'S IT'S NOT VERY OFTEN.

YOU GET TO SEE SO MUCH CONSERVATION IN TWO DAYS AND HOW LINE OF WHAT I WANT TO DISCUSS TODAY.

QUICK DIVISION OVERVIEW.

SECOND TALKING ABOUT THE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS THAT WE'RE CURRENTLY IN ACTING NUMBER THREE, SPECIFICALLY, SPENDING A FEW MINUTES, TALKING ABOUT THE ONSITE WATER REUSE PILOT, AND THEN WE'LL DISCUSS HOW THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING OVER THE LAST YEAR, HOW THE ACTIVITY LEVELS BEND AND THEN A QUICK WRAP UP AT THE END, LOOKING FORWARD.

NEXT SLIDE.

JUST VERY BRIEFLY TO GIVE YOU SOME IDEA OF SCALE.

THE WATER CONSERVATION DIVISION IS ABOUT 20 STAFF MEMBERS BROKEN UP INTO THREE TEAMS. WE HAVE A CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM WHICH DEALS WITH CUSTOMER OUTREACH AND ASSISTANCE AND INCENTIVE PROGRAMS. WE HAVE A RESEARCH AND PLANNING TEAM THAT PULLS THIS DATA TOGETHER AND ANALYZES IT.

WE HAVE AN ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE TEAM AT DOES THE WATER PATROLS AND MONITORS THREE WATER EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE JUST A SIDE NOTE.

THERE ARE OTHER AWESOME WATER STAFF MEMBERS AND TO THE CUSTOM WATER TEAMS THAT ADMINISTER OTHER CONSERVATION RELATED PROGRAMS. SO FOR INSTANCE, THE WATER LOSS MITIGATION EFFORTS, AS WELL AS THE, UH, MY ATX WATER ROLLOUT IS HANDLED UNDER THE HUB OPERATIONS GROUPS ONSITE REUSE THAT ALL SKUS IN A BED IS TECHNICALLY HANDLED UNDER THE UTILITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES GROUP AND THE RECLAIMED WATER IS UNDER ENGINEERING SERVICES.

SO ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE ALSO GOING ON BEYOND WHAT I'M KIND OF

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TALKED ABOUT TODAY.

THEY'RE JUST NOT HAPPENING PRIMARILY WITH A LOT OF CONSERVATION STAFF.

NEXT SLIDE PROGRAMS THAT WE DO HAVE CAN BE BROKEN DOWN REALLY INTO FOUR CATEGORIES OR CLASSIFICATIONS CUSTOMER SERVICE.

WE WORK WITH INCENTIVES, THERE'S WATERING ENFORCEMENT AND THEN PROGRAM COMPLIANCE.

NEXT TIME.

FIRST ONE CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE REALLY IS THE BEDROCK OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ACROSS THE STATE AND NATION.

WE WANT LAST NICE TO SAVE WATER.

WE WANT TO HELP THEM SAVE WATER.

WE CAN'T DO WITHOUT.

SO TO THAT END, WE RESPOND TO INQUIRIES AND REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION, INFORMATION, EXCUSE ME, WE PROVIDE SOME MATERIALS SUCH AS POSSIBLE IRRIGATORS OR LOW FLOW SHOWER HEADS.

FOR THOSE HIGH USE CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE A LOT OF IRRIGATION USE, WE PROVIDE FREE IRRIGATION AUDITS TO HELP THEM TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR SYSTEM.

AND THEN PARDON WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT, WE ARE PART OF THE GOAL REPAIR PROGRAM TO HELP FUND THE PLUMBING REPAIRS OR LIMITED IN LIMITED INCOME CUSTOMERS.

AND OF COURSE WE REALLY HOPE TO BE GETTING OUT THERE AND GOING TO PUBLIC EVENTS AND HAVING PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AS THE YEAR GOES ON.

NEXT SLIDE, THE SECOND TYPE OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS, COULD YOU GO BACK ONE SLIDE? UM, THE SECOND TYPE IS INCENTIVES OR REBATES.

WE HAVE A RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS CAN REBATE PROGRAMS REALLY KIND OF BROKEN UP INTO TWO TYPES, THE FIRST TYPE DEALS WITH WHAT ARE WATER USE, PRIMARILY LANDSCAPING, BUT ALSO POOL WATER USE.

THE SECOND GROUP OF INCENTIVE PROGRAMS IS MORE OF A GRAB BAG, BUT ALSO INCLUDES ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLIES THAT FOLKS COULD USE ON THEIR OUTDOOR LANDSCAPING, WHETHER THAT'S RAINWATER, HARVESTING, OR GRAY WATER REUSE AS PART OF OUR BAT LAUNDRY, THAT LANDSCAPE PROGRAMS, THE FINAL BULLET, THERE IS A PILOT PROGRAM THAT JUST ENDED IN JUNE.

IT'S A HOME WATER USE MONITORING DEVICE.

UM, THESE ARE DEVICES WHICH PEOPLE COULD ATTACH TO THEIR METER AND PROVIDE THEM UP TO INFORMATION ON THEIR WATER USE.

AND THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR TWO YEARS.

IT'S JUST FINISHED UP IN JUNE AND WE'RE COMPILING ALL THE RESULTS FROM THAT OBJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, COMMERCIAL INCENTIVES, SIMILAR TO THE RESIDENTIAL INCENTIVES.

HALF OF THEM REALLY DEAL WITH OUTDOOR WATER USE AND THE OTHER HALF REALLY DEAL WITH PROCESSES AND PERHAPS THE WHOLE, UH, BUSINESS WATER EFFICIENCY ASPECT IN WHICH WE OFFER FUNDING FOR AUDITS OR EVEN RAINWATER HARVESTING.

AND FINALLY THAT BULLET ON-SITE REUSE INCENTIVES IS A NEW ONE THAT WE'VE INSTITUTED.

AND I'LL TALK ABOUT IN JUST A MOMENT.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO THOSE WERE THE FIRST TWO TYPES OF PROGRAMS. WE HAVE CUSTOMERS AND INCENTIVE PROGRAMS. THE THIRD TYPE OF CONSERVATION PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE IS THE WATERING AND WATER WASTE ENFORCEMENT.

NOW, AS YOU KNOW, LANDSCAPE WATERING RESTRICTIONS IN AUSTIN ALLOW FOR ONE DAY OF AUTOMATED AUTOMATED IRRIGATION, AND THEN A SECOND DAY OF HOSE IRRIGATION.

AND THIS WAS INSTITUTED BACK IN 2012 AT THE HEIGHT OF THE LAST BIG DROUGHT AND THEN WAS MADE YEAR ROUND BACK IN 2016.

AND THAT WAS FIVE YEARS AGO.

AND AS YOU MIGHT, AS YOU KNOW, A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE MOVED TO AUSTIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

AND THAT MEMORY OF THAT LAST SEVERE DROUGHT HAS REALLY FADED INTO THE BACK OF A LOT OF OUR MINDS.

SO IT REQUIRES CONSERVATION STAFF TO GO OUT AND REMIND RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS OF THEIR WATERING DAY AND TO CHECK ON ANY INSTANCES OF WATER WASTING.

SO THESE ARE FOLKS WHO ARE ACTUALLY GOING OUT MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, EARLY IN THE MORNING, OR IN THE EARLY EIGHTIES.

NEXT SLIDE, THE FINAL TYPE OF, OF THE FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF PROGRAMS THAT I HAD MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE IS THE PROGRAM COMPLIANCE MONITORING.

AUSTIN WATER

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HAS THREE CONSERVATION RELATED COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS. THE FIRST ONE DEALS WITH COMMERCIAL CAR WASHES ONCE A YEAR, OUR WASHES HAVE TO BE INSPECTED BY A LICENSED PLUMBER AND THAT WATER EFFICIENCY REPORT HAS TO BE TURNED INTO THE WATER CONSERVATION DIVISION, COMMERCIAL IRRIGATION.

AND THESE ARE FOR COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS, AS WELL AS MULTIFAMILY CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE MORE THAN ONE ACRE OF IRRIGATED LANDSCAPE.

THEY HAVE TO CONDUCT AND HAVE AN IRRIGATION ASSESSMENT CONDUCTED FOR THEM EVERY OTHER YEAR AND TURNED IT INTO AUSTIN WATER CONSERVATION.

AND FINALLY, THE NEWEST OF THESE TYPES OF PROGRAMS LIKE KICKED OFF BACK IN DECEMBER IS FOR, FOR COOLING TOWERS, COOLING TOWERS, NEW COOLING TOWER SINCE 2008, THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN REPLACED SINCE THEN MUST HAVE ANNUAL INSPECTIONS AND THOSE ANNUAL INSPECTION REPORTS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED TO WATER CONSERVATION.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO I HAD MENTIONED THE FOUR TYPES OF WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. WE HAVE, UH, CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE INCENTIVES, WATERING ENFORCEMENT AND THESE COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS. BUT I WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO REALLY FOCUS ON A NEW TYPE OF PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE NEW TYPE OF INCENTIVE THAT WE HAVE ONSITE.

WE USE SYSTEMS PILOT AND INCENTIVES.

THIS NEW PROGRAM IS BASED UPON ONE OF THE STRATEGIES AND THE 2018 WATER FORWARD PLAN.

AUSTIN WATER WAS DIRECTED BY THE COUNCIL TO ADDRESS ONSITE WATER REUSE FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS GREATER THAN 250,000 FEET.

NOW TO FURTHER THIS ONSITE WATER REUSE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION HAS BEEN BROKEN DOWN INTO TWO PHASES.

THE FIRST PHASE IS A VOLUNTARY PHASE THAT TOOK EFFECT BACK IN DECEMBER OF THIS LAST YEAR IN 2020.

AND THE EFFECT SECOND PHASE WILL BE A MANDATORY PROGRAM TAKING EFFECT SOMETIME IN 2023, RIGHT? THE LATTER PART OF 2023, DEPENDING UPON ADOPTION.

NOW THIS FIRST PART IS AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM REALLY INTENDED TO HELP INCENTIVIZE THE INSTALLATION OF ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

BUT THE IDEA OF OFFSETTING AUDIBLE WATER USE THAT THEY MAY BE USING OR MAY HAVE USED, THEY DIDN'T INSTITUTE THIS ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEM.

THESE ONSITE RECYCLING SYSTEMS OFFSET THE POTTABLE DEMAND BY COLLECTING, TREATING, AND USING ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLIES ONSITE THAT ARE PRODUCED ON SITE.

THESE CAN INCLUDE RAINWATER, STORMWATER, RAINWATER FOUNDATION, DRAINAGE, AIR CONDITIONER, CONDENSATE, OR EVEN BLACK WATER.

AND THAT REUSE WATER WILL BE USED FOR NON-POTABLE USES SUCH AS TOILET FLUSHING, IRRIGATION, LAUNDRY, AND COOLING TOWER MAKEUP.

SO AS YOU SEE, THE FIRST PART IS VOLUNTARY WITH INCENTIVES.

AND THE SECOND PART IS, IS MANDATORY SLIDE.

JUST A MENTION HERE OF THE AMOUNT OF INCENTIVES.

THE INCENTIVES ARE REALLY IN TWO TIERS FOR THOSE PROJECTS THAT CAN OFFSET A MILLION GALLONS OF POTABLE WATER A YEAR THEY'RE ELIGIBLE FOR ELIGIBLE FOR UP TO $250,000 IN INCENTIVE REIMBURSEMENTS.

AND FOR THOSE THAT, TAKE IT UP A LEVEL AND CAN OFFSET THREE, NINE GALLONS A YEAR THEY'RE ELIGIBLE FOR $500,000.

THE ENTIRE PROJECT IS BUDGETED FOR A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR OR THREE YEARS.

AND WE'RE OPEN FOR ABOUT TWO TO FOUR SYSTEMS PER YEAR.

AS I MENTIONED, IT JUST GOT STARTED BACK IN DECEMBER, UM, IS REALLY JUST BEEN KIND OF DEVELOPING SINCE UNFORTUNATELY AT THIS POINT, WE DO NOT HAVE ANY APPLICATIONS FOR THIS INCENTIVE PROGRAM IN HOUSE.

HOWEVER, WE WILL BE WORKING THROUGH THE REST OF THE SUMMER AND INTO THE FALL ON OUTREACH TO INDIVIDUAL GROUPS OR DEVELOPERS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS AND TRY TO GET THIS INCENTIVE PROGRAM GO NEXT SLIDE.

SO I'VE TALKED ABOUT WHAT WE DO NOW.

I WANTED

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TO SPEND A FEW MINUTES DESCRIBING HOW'S IT GOING? WHAT HAS BEEN THE ACTIVITY LEVELS? AND I PUT A SUMMARY RIGHT UP FRONT.

IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A CLIFFHANGER HERE.

UM, BUT AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, OUTREACH ACTIVITY IS SORT THE LAST YEAR DURING THE PANDEMIC HAD BEEN CHALLENGED WITH THE SCHOOLS GOING ONLINE, A LOT OF THE COMMUNITY EVENTS IN CANCELED, IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE TO REACH OUT TO CUSTOMERS PRIMARILY ELECTRONICALLY.

SECONDLY, THE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS THAT ARE DESCRIBES ARE REALLY HOLDING STEADY.

SOME OF THEM ARE HOLDING STEADY.

I'M SAYING IN SOME OF OUR ARE DECLINING AND ARE IN CHALLENGED.

AND THE FINAL SUMMARY BULLET POINT, THERE IS THESE MANDATORY PROGRAMS THAT I DESCRIBED COOLING TOWERS, COMMERCIAL IRRIGATION COALITION REALLY REQUIRE MONITORING DESPITE BEING AN ORDINANCE TO KEEP SAVING THAT WATER.

AND WE HAVE TO MONITOR IT NEXT SLICE SNAP SHOT OF SOME OF THE RESIDENTIAL INCENTIVES THERE.

YOU SEE THE VERTICAL FOREST INDICATING THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS TO THESE VARIOUS PROGRAMS FOR THE LAST FOUR FISCAL YEARS.

ONE NOTE IS THAT FISCAL YEAR 21, THOSE FIGURES ARE YEAR TO DATE.

SO WE STILL HAVE TWO AND A HALF MONTHS.

SO WHAT TYPICALLY WAS THE, HAS BEEN THE ARTISTS AND DRIVERS MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

SO SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE APPLICATIONS IN THEM.

AND THAT'S THE FAR RIGHT? THE BROWN BOX, THE MOST, UH, THE PROGRAMS WITH THE MOST INTEREST INCLUDE ON THE FAR LEFT AT HOME WATER USE MONITORING DEVICE.

AND THAT WAS A PILOT PROGRAM.

IRRIGATION AUDITS ARE ALWAYS VERY POPULAR ASSISTING CUSTOMERS WITH HIGH IRRIGATION WATER USE IN BILLS.

SO I EXPECT THAT AT 1 34 TO GROUP GO UP INTO THE 200 TO 200, PROBABLY BY THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR.

AND RAINWATER HARVESTING CONTINUES TO BE A CONSISTENT PROGRAM THAT HAS A LOT OF INTEREST.

SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT HAVE HAD A HARD TIME GETTING TRACTION OR HAD SOME DECLINE, ERICA APPLICATION UPGRADES, DROUGHT, SURVIVAL TOOLS, AND THE WATERWISE LANDSCAPES HAVE BEEN HAD SOME CHALLENGES.

NEXT SLIDE, RATIONAL INCENTIVES, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, WERE COMMERCIAL INCENTIVES AND KUMAL ALL COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT SHOWS LAST YEAR.

IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE SINCE THIS SLIDE WAS MADE.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THREE COMMERCIAL INCENTIVE APPLICATIONS HAVE COME IN, BUT NEVERTHELESS, IT IS STILL REMAINS PRETTY LOW.

THERE'S ONE TALL BAR THERE IN THE MIDDLE, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF 54 BLUE BAR, THERE THAT'S REALLY SOMEWHAT OF AN ANOMALY.

IT WAS AUSTIN ISD HAVING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF BOND MONEY TO PAIR UP WITH OUR INCENTIVE PROGRAMS, TO REFURBISH SOME OF THEIR SCHOOLS AND GAIN GREATER WATER EFFICIENCY.

BUT BESIDES FOR THAT ANOMALY, IT'S BEEN PRETTY TOUGH GIVEN APPLICATIONS WHO WERE COMMERCIAL INCENTIVES AND THAT, AS I MENTIONED, WE HAD NO, NO ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEM, INCENTIVE APPLICATIONS COME IN THE DOOR YET, OR WE'RE STILL HOPEFUL WITHOUT NEXT SLIDE.

THE WATER AND ENFORCEMENT IS THE STAFF GOING OUT OUT OR RECEIVING CALLS ABOUT WATERING ON THE WRONG DAY IS A SNAPSHOT OF THAT ACTIVITY OF HOW THAT HAPPENS.

THE BLUE BARS, THERE ARE ACTUAL WITNESS VIOLATIONS, STAFF GOING OUT, DRIVING AROUND AND SEEING PEOPLE WATERING ON THE WRONG DAY.

WE'RE WASTING WATER.

AND THEN THE ORANGE BARS WERE CALLS FROM CITIZENS, CUSTOMERS, REPORTING, WATERING AND WATER WASTING.

AS YOU SEE AS KIND OF A CURVE DOWN FROM OCTOBER AND THEN UP INTO JUNE WITH, AS YOU SURE YOU SURMISED FEBRUARY WAS THE WINTER STORM YURI RECEIVED.

WE RECEIVED A LOT OF CALLS REGARDING NOT WATERING SO MUCH AS POTENTIAL WATER WASTE TEAM OR BREAKS OR LEAKS NEXT SLIDE.

AND IN TERMS OF THE PROGRAM, COMPLETE MONITORING COMPLIANCE.

I MENTIONED THOSE THREE PROGRAMS BEFORE OR ON THE FAR LEFT THERE, THE COMMERCIAL FACILITY, IRRIGATION ASSESSMENTS, 95% OF THOSE CUSTOMERS ARE COMPLIANT AND TURNING

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IN THEIR REPORTS.

THEIR BI-ANNUAL REPORTS IN THE MIDDLE.

WE HAVE THE COMMERCIAL CARWASH FACILITIES.

86% OF THOSE CUSTOMERS ARE COMPLIANT AND TURNING IN THEIR INSPECTION REPORTS AND COOLING TOWERS, 79% COMPLIANT.

SO STAFF ARE DOING A GOOD JOB FOLLOWING UP WITH, WITH CUSTOMERS TO TURNING IN THESE INSPECTION OR ASSESSMENT REPORTS.

IT'S FINE.

SWITCHING GEARS, JUST, UH, JUST A MOMENT.

I WANTED TO SPEND TWO QUICK SLIDES ADDRESSING HOW ARE OUR ACTIVITIES ARE DOVETAILING WITH THE STRATEGIES IN THE 2018 WATER FORWARD PLAN? COMMISSIONER MORIARTY MENTIONED THE TASK FORCE IS LOOKING TO REVISE THE NEXT PLAN.

WHAT MIGHT BE THE 2023 WATERFORD PLAN OR THE WATER CONSERVATION DIVISION.

WE ARE WORKING PRIMARILY ON JUST A HANDFUL OF THESE DEMAND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, INCLUDING T3 COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTIONAL ORDINANCES, IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY INCENTIVES, AND THE DENYING THE RAINWATER.

NEXT SLIDE, IN TERMS OF OUR PROGRESS SO FAR OR RESIDENTIAL AND MULTI-FAMILY CUSTOMERS, WE'VE INCREASED REBATE AMOUNTS, AND WE'VE ADDED A NEW NUMBER OF NEW PROGRAMS SINCE THAT 2018 PLAN, INCLUDING THE GRAY WATER REUSE AND THE, THE POOR CARTRIDGE FILTER, AS WELL AS AT HOME.

WHAT ARE YOU MONITORING DEVICE FOR COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CUSTOMERS? WE'VE ALSO EXPANDED THE, OR INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF INCENTIVES AND EXPANDED A NUMBER OF THE PROGRAMS. AND THEN FINALLY ORDINANCES.

I MENTIONED THAT THE COOLING TOWER PROGRAM WAS ENACTED BACK IN DECEMBER 3RD, REQUIRES TWO COOLING TOWERS TO HAVE ANNUAL INSPECTIONS AND TO SUBMIT THAT INFORMATION TO THE CONSERVATION DIVISION.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS REALLY THE FINAL SLIDE OF THE PRESENTATION, JUST TO SHARE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

FIRST OF ALL, WE'RE REVIEWING THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS AND SAVINGS THAT WE HAVE.

WE HAVE A BROAD RANGE OF PROGRAMS, AUSTIN WATER CONSERVATION DOES.

SO WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF LOOKING AT THOSE, SEE WHICH ONES ARE BEING UTILIZED, WHICH ONES ARE PRODUCING SAVINGS ALONG WITH OTHER STAFF AT AUSTIN WATER, WE ARE INVOLVED IN THE ROLLOUT OF THE MIGHTY PTX AUTOMATED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE, AMI DEVELOPMENT.

AND WE ESPECIALLY ARE INTERESTED IN HOW THAT DATA THAT WE'RE JUST STARTING TO COLLECT, CAN BE UTILIZED FOR OUR CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. I MENTIONED THE ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEM, OH, WRS IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY, INCENTIVES, AND LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION ORDINANCE IS A REALLY A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT, OR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR TAKEAWAY TALKING TO STAKEHOLDERS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, BOARDS COMMISSIONS WOULD HAVE YOU TO GET AN IDEA HOW BEST TO CRAFT A LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION ORDINANCE BY THE END OF NEXT FISCAL YEAR AND FINAL SLIDE IN CLOSING AUSTIN WATER CONSERVATION DIVISION HAS WIDE RANGE OF TOOLS THEY USE TO HELP AUSTINITES SAVE WATER.

WE CONTINUED TO REVIEW THESE TOOLS AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO GET COSTS INTO A NEW LEVEL OF WATER EFFICIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY WITH THEM.

I'M OPEN TO ANY QUESTIONS.

I HAVE A QUESTION HERE.

LET ME SHUT UP.

GO AHEAD, KEVIN.

YOU WERE ABLE TO GIVE ME THE SAME PRESENTATION TWO DAYS.

I THINK, I GUESS THEY ASK YOU THE SAME QUESTION TWO DAYS IN A ROW.

AND, UH, BUT I'LL MAKE AN BEFORE I ASK MY QUESTION THOUGH, I, I DO LAUGH, UH, EXPRESSED HOW GLAD I AM THAT YOU HAVE MADE THE TRANSITION AFTER A 20 YEAR CAREER AT THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD, MANAGING STATEWIDE WATER CONSERVATION ISSUES, YOUR EXPERTISE AND KNOWLEDGE WILL BE, UH, A GREAT BENEFITS AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE REALLY GLAD TO HEAR MY QUESTION, WHICH YOU'LL REMEMBER FROM YESTERDAY, UH,

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NOT TO BRING BRINGING THIS PART OUT HERE.

I WAS MENTIONING THAT ARTICLE ABOUT THE LOST WATER ISSUE AND PROBABLY IT WOULD BE GOOD AT SOME POINT, AND I'M NOT SURE THIS IS AN IMMEDIATE THING, BUT THE ALSO WATER DEPARTMENT, UH, MAY WANT TO GIVE A SHORT PRESENTATION ABOUT THE, UH, LOSS WATER CONCERN THAT'S DEVELOPED, WHERE WE LAST YEAR IN CALENDAR YEAR, 2020, WE HIT A 12 YEAR HIGH FOR LOBSTER WATER.

AND, UH, I HAD SOME LITTLE CONVERSATIONS WITH, UH, PEOPLE.

UH, I THINK MY QUESTION WAS GENERALLY, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO LOOK INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT AND GIVE A PRESENTATION BECAUSE OF COURSE WE DON'T WANT THAT ONE BAR GOING UP.

WE WANT IT GOING DOWN.

THAT'S ALL I HAD.

I'LL I'LL GIVE IT BACK TO THE CHAIR, COMMISSIONER MORIARTY.

UH, THIS IS DIRECTOR MS. HARRIS.

WE WILL, UH, ARRANGE FOR A BRIEFING TO THE COMMISSION.

UH, MATT CULLEN YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH IS, UH, ONE OF OUR KEY LEADERS OF OUR WATER LOSS PROGRAMS. AND I THINK WE CAN GIVE YOU A SENSE OF, UH, THE PROGRAMS WE'RE DOING TO MANAGE WATER LOSS.

YEAH, I THINK, UH, AND AGAIN, THE WATER FORWARD GROUP PROBABLY NEEDS IT.

SO YOU COULD PROBABLY DO THE SAME.

I KEEP REPEATING PRESENTATIONS, BUT THAT THAT'S, THAT'S PROBABLY AN EFFICIENT WAY TO DO IT.

BUT, UH, I THINK, AND REST ASSURED THE CITY HAS, YOU KNOW, PROGRAMS ADDRESS ALL THESE THINGS, REPLACE IT, NUMBERS OF FEET ALIGN EVERY YEAR AND ALL THAT SORT OF THING.

BUT THIS PARTICULAR THING DOES SEEM EASY TO ME THAT, BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE WE'RE DOING ALL THE SAME THINGS WE ALWAYS DO, BUT THE NUMBER'S GOING UP.

SO THAT'S WHAT'S SO I THINK WHEN WE CHATTED ABOUT THIS, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S A LITTLE MORE TO THE MYSTERY, BUT, UH, I KNOW YOU GUYS WILL PUT TOGETHER A GOOD PRESENTATION.

LOOK FORWARD WITH BEN COMMISSIONER.

WE'VE GOT A QUESTION FOR KEVIN.

YEAH.

SO THE NEXT ONE, UM, UH, IT'S RICK CORONADO AND BRIAN HAWES LANKA.

YOU'RE, YOU'RE NOT ON MUTE.

UM, WE'RE STILL ON THE CONSERVATION ITEM.

I DID HAVE A QUICK QUESTION.

THIS IS VICE CHAIR CASTLEBERRY.

UH, KEVIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THAT WAS VERY INTERESTING.

I HAD ASKED FOR THIS AND I KIND OF, IT WAS NICE TO GET AN UPDATE.

IT'S BEEN A LITTLE WHILE AND, UM, I ECHO COMMISSIONER MORIARITY'S SENTIMENT, AND THEN IT'S GREAT TO SEE YOU, UM, WITH AUSTIN WATER AND GETTING TO BENEFIT FROM YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE.

UM, WHAT I HAD A QUESTION REGARDING THAT LAST DIALOGUE ON THE LOOKING FORWARD, WHAT DOES A LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION ORDINANCE LOOK LIKE? SO WE CURRENTLY HAVE A, UH, LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM IN WHICH WE TAPE PAY PEOPLE TO CHANGE OUT THEIR TURF, UM, PUTTING MORE WATER EFFICIENT PLANTS, BUT WHAT HAVE YOU, A LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION ORDINANCE COULD INVOLVE ANY NEW DEVELOPMENT OR, OR, UM, PERHAPS EVEN REDEVELOPMENTS, DEPENDING ON HOW BROAD YOUR ORDINANCES IT COULD INVOLVE QUARRYING DIFFERENT TYPES OF LANDSCAPE OR CERTAIN TYPES OF WATER, EFFICIENT LANDSCAPE TO GO IN.

IT COULD LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF AREA OF TURF GRASS, YOU KNOW, KIND OF LOST TO THINK OF AN EXAMPLE, BUT MAYBE, YOU KNOW, HALF OF THE SQUARE FOOTAGE OF YOUR HOUSE COULD BE TURF GRASS OR WHAT HAVE YOU, OR IT COULD LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF IRRIGATED AREA NEW DEVELOPMENT COULD HAVE.

SO THOSE ARE JUST A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT, THAT LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION ORDINANCE COULD INCLUDE.

I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO, AS I MENTIONED, TALK TO STAKEHOLDERS AND, AND BUILDERS AND WHAT WE'RE JUST GETTING INPUT FROM THE COMMISSIONS AND TASK FORCE TO SEE HOW FAR OR WHICH DIRECTION THEY WANT TO GO, GO WITH THAT.

BUT THOSE ARE SOME POSSIBLE AREAS THAT OUR TRANSFORMATION ORNAMENTS COULD COVER.

OKAY.

YEAH, THAT HELPS.

AND I'M JUST CURIOUS IF I'M SURE THAT RESEARCH AND WHAT OTHER, OR WHAT OTHER CITIES TOWNS, OR WHATEVER HAVE DONE WILL BE A PART OF THAT EFFORT AS WELL.

YEAH, AT THIS POINT,

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YOU KNOW, GEORGETOWN HAD LIMITS THE AMOUNT OF IRRIGATED AREA TO SOME DEGREE AND NEW BRAUNFELS HAS SOMEWHAT OF A LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION ORDINANCE FOR YOU DEVELOPMENT, BUT WE'LL LOOK INTO ACROSS THE STATE AND NATION, SEE WHAT WHAT'S BEEN DONE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR YOUR REPORT.

COMMISSIONER GOT ANY MORE QUESTIONS FOR KEVIN? UH, COMMISSIONER PAIN.

GO AHEAD.

HI, KEVIN, THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT THE LAUNDRY TO LANDSCAPE TYPE INCENTIVE, OR MAYBE EVEN USING GRAY WATER FROM SHOWERS, UH, FOR LANDSCAPING PURPOSES.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT IS TARGETED AT NEW DEVELOPMENT OR ARE YOU SEEING IT RETROFITTED? I'M JUST, I'M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THAT.

AND I WAS CURIOUS HOW THAT MIGHT WORK.

SO THOSE TYPES OF THINGS, THIS LAUNDRY OR LANDSCAPE IS REALLY TARGETED TO EXISTING CUSTOMERS, RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS, SIMPLE INSTALLATION OF LINES TO TAKE WATER FROM THEIR WASHING MACHINE OUT TO A, AN IRRIGATED AREA.

UM, SO THOSE REALLY FOCUSED ON EXISTING CUSTOMERS.

UM, WE'VE HAD SOME DISCUSSION WITH COMPANIES THAT, THAT HAVE SYSTEMS THAT WILL PAY, THEY ARE INSTALLED WITH A NEW BUILDING, UM, AND TAKE IT TO THE WATER DIRECTLY FROM THE SHOWERS AND REUSE IT INSIDE THE HOUSE.

BUT THAT, THAT DOES BECOME A CHALLENGE, UH, TO USE IT WITHIN THE HOUSE.

SO WE STARTED TRYING TO WORK OUT THE DETAILS ON THAT GRAY WATER REUSE, BUT WE, YOU WILL MAKE, UH, MAKE SOME PROGRESS ON THAT.

ALSO THE CURRENT PROJECT IS, IS CURRENT CUSTOMERS.

GREG, THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTION.

OKAY.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

AND I'LL BE INTERESTED TO SEE HOW THIS CONTINUES TO EVOLVE.

IT'S PRETTY FASCINATING TO ME.

THANK YOU.

WE SHOULD KNOW THAT.

ANY MORE QUESTION, KEVIN, IF NOT, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

APPRECIATE THANK YOU FOLKS.

AND WE WILL MOVE

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TO ITEM E AND WE CAN MOVE.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

SO ON THE STAFF SIDE, UH, PLEASE MOVE BRIAN HAWES, RICK CORNETTO, STEPHANIE SHU, AND BRENT BELLENGER OVER AS PARTICIPANTS.

OKAY.

IT'S JUST GOING TO BE ONE MORE SECOND AND COMMISSION BRIAN HAWES.

UH, WE'LL BE DOING THE PRESENTATION TODAY, BUT OTHER STAFF ARE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, UH, UH, ON THE BRIEFING.

GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

I JUST WANT TO KIND OF DO A QUICK INTRO.

UM, AS WE PULL UP THE SLIDES AND HAVE, UH, BRIAN HOUSE ON THE PANEL, UM, TODAY WE'RE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING, UM, I'M, UH, RICK BARNATO, UH, AUSTIN WATER ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR OPERATIONS.

WE'RE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING A HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS, BUT I WANT TO KIND OF, UH, INTRODUCE, UH, BRIAN HAAS.

BRIAN HALL IS ONE OF OUR OPERATIONS MANAGERS THAT'S OVER, UH, MULTIPLE DIVISIONS, INCLUDING, UH, THE PROCESS ENGINEERING AND REGULATORY DIVISION, UH, THE LABORATORY SERVICES DIVISION, AS WELL AS THE, UH, SPECIAL SERVICES DIVISION THAT KIND OF OVERSEES THE INDUSTRIAL PRE-TREATMENT AND WATER PROTECTION.

UH, I DO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR KIND OF APPROVING TWO ITEMS, NUMBER THREE AND FOUR THEY'RE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THIS, UH, PRESENTATION AND PROGRAM, UH, THAT COVERED THE POWDER ACTIVATED CARBON AND THE LABORATORY EQUIPMENT, UH, FLOW CAM THE, WITH THAT INTRODUCTION, IF, UH, RYAN IS READY, I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO BRIAN HAWES.

I'M WRITING A THANK YOU FOR THAT INTRODUCTION.

UH, WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE THIS BRIEFING ON AUSTIN WATER ACTIVITIES PERTAINING TO FARKLE AL APPLE FLOODS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

SO I'LL BEGIN WITH A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE TYPES OF ALGAES BOUNDS.

THE FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO POLLUTANT.

THIS WILL LEAD TO A DISCUSSION OF CURRENT CONDITIONS AND TRENDS.

WE'RE ALL SHARING THE RESULTS OF RECENT MONITORING BY AUSTIN WATER, THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER 40 AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

FROM THERE I'LL TRANSITION INTO OFTEN WALKED ANALYTICAL CAPABILITIES AND THE NEW THINGS WE'RE WORKING ON TO STRENGTHEN OUR

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MONITORING PROGRAM.

FINALLY, ALL THIS GUEST PAST AND ONGOING WORK WE'VE DONE TO ASSESS OUR CURRENT POSITION AND ACTIONS WE'RE TAKING TO BOLSTER OUR ABILITY TO RESPOND TO PINE HILL ALTEPLASE NEXT SLIDE.

SO LIKE ALL NATURAL WATER AND THE HIGHLAND LAKES, UH, CONTAIN VARIOUS TYPES OF WORK, PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN WHAT'S COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS BLUE GREEN ALGAE, WHICH IS ACTUALLY A TYPE OF BACTERIA CAPABLE OR FOR THE SYNTHESIS.

UH, THESE CYANOBACTERIA ARE COMMON IN NATURAL WATER AND SOMETIMES, UH, PRODUCE TOXIC COMPOUNDS.

UH, ALSO KNOWN AS, UH, THE MAIN FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROLIFERATION OF CYANOBACTERIA ARE WARM WATER, LOW OR STAGNANT FLOW, THE ABUNDANCE OF NUTRIENTS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO BEFORE WE GET TOO FAR ALONG, I WANT TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT DISTINCTION BETWEEN PLANKTONIC AND BENTHIC ALGAE, UH, IN PLANKTONIC CELLS ARE FREE FLOATING.

THEY GROW AND PROLIFERATE WITHIN THE WATER COLUMN AT VARIOUS DEPTHS, AND YOU MAY HAVE SOME OF THE MATERIAL, UH, FLOATING AND FLOATING AND ACCUMULATING ON THE SURFACE.

AND SO YOU SEE AN EXAMPLE OF THAT THERE.

AND THEN IN THE PICTURE OF LIKE HERE, IT LOOKS LIKE A GREEN OCEAN, THAT EVENT, WHICH CAUSED THE EVENT, NOT HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOM THAT AFFECTED THE SIMPLE TOLEDO IN 2014, AS I EXPLAINED TONIC WAS IN.

UM, AND THEN WE SEE THAT THERE THOUGH THE GRABS OF THE WATER.

UH, SO BENTHIC BY CONTRAST, PROLIFERATIONS BEGIN WITH BREATH, THE WATER BODY ALGAE, ALGAE MAPS DEVELOPED AND UTILIZED, UH, THAT ARE, THAT ARE IN THE SEDIMENT AND AVAILABLE LIGHT THAT PENETRATES THE BOTTOM OF THE WATER BODY.

SO IN SHALLOW WATER OR WHEREVER THE LIGHT CAN PENETRATE ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM, UH, YOU HAVE THE MORE POTENTIAL FOR A BENTHIC, UH, BENTHIC ALGAE.

UH, SO OVER TIME, THESE BATHS MAY, UH, DETACH FROM THE BOTTOM SURFACE.

UH, SO I'VE BEEN THINKING LVB, UH, PROLIFERATION IS GENERALLY, UH, I BOUGHT THEM IN THE LEG OR TOP OF THE WATER PHENOMENON, CHRONIC BLOOD, UH, MOST OFTEN IMPACTS THE MIDDLE OF THE WATER COLUMN, AND THIS IS RELEVANT TO US.

SO THE WATER INTAKE ARE SUBMERGED.

UH, THEY'RE NOT THAT THEY'RE NOT NEAR THE BOTTOM.

THEY ARE THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF LIKE TONIC BLOOMS OR, UH, THE DRAINERS REP FOR THE TROLLEY, THE WATER BEING DRAWN IN BAR PLANTS, UH, PICK OUT BECAUSE WE'RE NOT DRAWING, NOT DRAWING FROM THE BOTTOM WITHDRAWING FROM, UH, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WATER COLUMN.

UH, SO I BROUGHT IT, I DREW ATTENTION TO THE FIRST TWO SPOTS THAT WAS CLONIC BLOOM, AND THEN A PHOTO OF IT.

IT WAS A PHOTO TAKEN.

TRAVIS, YOU CAN SEE, UH, THE WATER IS VERY CLEAR INSTITUTE GROW ON THE BOTTOM.

UH, AND THEN YOU SEE SOME BENTHIC ALGAE A LITTLE BIT IN THE TOP.

SO THAT'S A PHOTO COURTESY OF LCRA.

UH, UH, SO HOW DO WE DETECT AN ALGAE BLOOM AUSTIN WALKER? AND IT'S HONORING VARIOUS TYPES OF PHYTOPLANKTON IN THE WATER ENTERING THE PLANTS FOR MANY YEARS.

SO IT'S BEEN A GOOD INDICATOR ABOUT SYDNEY, UH, BEFORE IT BECAME A THREAT.

UH, WE WERE, WE'D BEEN DOING ALGEBRA COUNTS TO ANTICIPATE ALGEBRA BOOMS, UH, THAT MIGHT TASTE ANOTHER ISSUE.

SO UP UNTIL THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, THAT REALLY HAS BEEN OUR FOCUS, UH, FOR DETECTING, ALLOWS YOU TO FOCUS ON DOING BLANK TOTALS.

WE COUNT AND MEASURE SEVERAL OTHER TIMES, BUT, UH, BLUE-GREEN, UH, BLUE-GREEN TOES OFF THE PAPER, VERY RELEVANT TO OUR BLOUSE.

SO CURRENTLY THE WATER QUALITY LAB INDEX COUNTS, UH, ON WATER EACH PLANT ONCE A WEEK, UH, THIS IS, UH, THE ALBUM COUNTS OR LABORIOUS TIME PASS WHEN THE ALBUM COUNTS ARE HOT.

UH, IT MAY, IT COULD TAKE AS MUCH AS EIGHT HOURS FOR AN ANALYST TO COMPILE THE, UH, COUNT FOR A SINGLE SAMPLE.

UH, WHEN THE ALGAE COUNTS ARE LOW, UH, THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO ALL THREE SAMPLES, ALL THREE SAMPLES PER WEEK, UM, WITHIN A COUPLE OF HOURS.

SO IT VARIES, BUT IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE VERY, UH, TIMED.

SO IDEALLY WE'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SAMPLE MORE FREQUENTLY AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR.

UH, BUT, UH, BUT THE TIME SPENT TIME HAS TO BE BALANCED AGAINST ALL THE OTHER ANALYTICAL REQUIREMENTS.

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UH, IN PARTICULAR, WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, REGULATORY SAMPLES, UH, THAT HAVE TO BE, IT HAS TO BE ANALYZED THAT'S OUR JOB, AND THAT'S WHAT WE FIND.

UH, SO PHYTOPLANKTON CANCER IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF INFORMATION THAT THE WATER SHARED WITH THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS WITH THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY, ALL THREE OF, UH, UH, HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE SOURCE WATER AND WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER, UH, TO BUILD OUR KNOWLEDGE.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO HERE, YOU'RE LOOKING AT A BLUE, GREEN PLANKTON SAMPLE FOR THE, UH, AT THE INTAKES OF THE DATAS AND ALL REC WATER TREATMENT PLANTS FROM JANUARY 1ST, 2017 TO THE PRESENT, AS YOU CAN SEE, UH, THE LAST SIGNIFICANT ALGEBRA BLUE, UH, OCCURRED IN FALL OF 2017.

UH, THE ACCOUNTS STARTED INCREASING IN TIMBER AND PEAKED AT, UH, OVER 50 200,000 ORGANISMS PER MILLILITER.

UH, AFFIDAVIT'S WATER TREATMENT PLANT, UM, AND THEN FINALLY RETURNED TO BASELINE LEVEL IN DECEMBER.

UH, UH, WE ALL REC PLANT, WHICH IS SHOWN WITH THE TRIANGULAR MARKERS, SO THAT IF THAT PLANT OUT THERE PEOPLE AT 14,000 ORGANISMS PER MILLILITER, AND A WATER TREATMENT FOR WATER FOR A WEEK BEFORE TWO THOUSANDS BACK HERE AS WELL.

UH, SO THE TAKEAWAY FROM THIS GRAPH IS THE MAGNITUDE OF THE COUNT DURING THE BLOOM.

UH, SO DURING THIS EVENT, THE LEVEL SPAN MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE, UH, OUR BASELINE OR WHAT, WHAT WE, DURING THE OFF SEASON, WE'RE NOT SEEING A BLOOM, UH, OUR ACCOUNTS ARE, YOU KNOW, A HUNDRED OR LESS 100 ORGANISMS PER MILLILITER OR LESS, WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE SEEING TODAY CURRENTLY.

UH, AS YOU CAN SEE, I CAN GO UP QUITE HIGH.

AND ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, CYANOBACTERIA ACCOUNTS OF LESS THAN 20,000 ARE CONSIDERED RELATIVELY LOW NEXT TIME.

SO AUSTIN WATER HAS BEEN MONITORING OUT TALKING FOR SEVERAL YEARS, UM, EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE UNREGULATED COMPOUNDS, BUT NOT REQUIRED BY EPA, UH, MONICA FOR THEM, UH, ANY EPA, UH, HAS NOT SET MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVELS FOR THESE COMPOUNDS.

UH, IN 2015, UH, WE SAMPLED, UH, OUR WATER TREATMENT PLANT INTAKES, AND WE DETECTED A SIGN OF TOXIN.

UH, JUST ABOUT THE DETECTION LIMIT.

THE LEVELS WERE 0.12 TO 0.1 FOR SPARKS, FOR JELLY WHEN THE DETECTION LIMIT BEING POINT OF TIME.

SO BARELY ABOVE, UH, THE LIMITED DETECTION.

UH, AND I WANT TO EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THESE SAMPLES THAT WE'RE TAKING IN 2015, WHERE ARE THE ONLY SAMPLES WHERE WE HAVE EVER DETECTED ANY OF TOXIN IN THE RAW OR PRE-BID WATER.

UH, SO SEVERAL CYTOTOXINS WERE INCLUDED IN THE MIDDLE PROTECTION AGENCIES, UNREGULATED CONTAMINANT MONITORING RULE.

UM, SO WE TOOK, UH, BI-WEEK WAS SAMPLES OF OUR FORMAT.

WE WERE EVEN 29 WEEKS, UH, UH, AND ALL OF THOSE, THE RESULTS OF ALL OF THAT SAMPLING WERE NON-DETECT OR NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO, UH, BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, WE'VE BEEN SAMPLING EVERY TWO WEEKS, UH, INTAKE OF THE PLANTS AND THEN THE TREATED WATER AT EACH PLANT, UM, EVERY BIWEEKLY OR TWO WEEKS, AND, UH, NO SIGN OF TOXINS HAD BEEN DETECTED.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UH, TALK, UH, TELL YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS WE'RE LEARNING, UH, IN OUR, OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH LCRA, YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THE NEWS STORY ABOUT THE DOG THAT DIED IN FEBRUARY AFTER FLYING AND LIKE TRAVIS HUDSON, THEN, UM, IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT THIS DOG, UH, THAT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS AL .

SO IN RESPONSE TO THAT EVENT, WAS THERE A SAMPLE OF WATER AND THE ALGORITHM AT THAT LOCATION WHEN DETECTIVE XY, HYDRO ANAPROX A, IN BOTH THE ALGAE IN BOTH THE ALGAE AND THE WATER, UH, THE LEVEL OF WATER WAS 0.09 PARTS PER BILLION.

THE LEVEL IN THE AFTERNOON WAS MORE THAN 4,000 PARTS PER BILLION.

SO YOU SEE A DIFFERENT CONCENTRATION FROM THE WATER AND THE ALGAE, UH, WAS ALL FOUR AND A HALF OR SO.

LCRI CONTINUED SAMPLING THAT LOOKS, UH, BIWEEKLY

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MAY, UH, SEA LEVELS, UH, DIHYDRO ANTITOXIN A, B ALGAE GO DOWN, UH, DROP TO VERY LOW NON-DETECT BY THE, BY MAY, UH, AND ALL THE WATER SAMPLES AFTER THAT FIRST SAMPLE WERE DIHYDRO IN TALKS WITH WHAT WAS DETECTED AT THAT MOST PATIENTS, ALL THE SAMPLES TAKEN AFTER THAT OR EXAM OR ANY SCIENCE, UH, UH, SO LCRA ALSO, UH, AS WELL SITES IN LATE MARCH, THEY TOOK THE REPRESENTATIVE SIDE, SO A RAMP, UM, TO ALGAE AND WATER SAMPLES AND, UH, UH, DIHYDRO ANTITOXIN A SECOND AND ALL WELL, THAT'D BE ALBUM SAMPLES AND IN FOUR OF THE WATER SAMPLES, UM, AND AGAIN, UH, THE LEVELS IN THE WATER WERE 0.15 PARTS PER BILLION OR LESS A DETECTION LIMIT FOR THAT IS 0.05.

UM, SO DURING THIS TIME OFF, THE WATER WAS MONITORING, UH, FOR CYTOTOXINS AT OUR INTAKES, AS WELL AS IN OUR TREATED WATER.

ALL OF THOSE SAMPLES WERE NON-FAT FOR SIGNUP MOUNTAINS.

UM, WAS THERE A STOP MONITORING APPLICATION, UH, ONLY FIFTH, AND NOW THEY ARE DEPLOYING WHERE CALLED STAT BAGS, UH, MONTHLY AT VERY LOW CHARACTER LOCATIONS.

AND WITH SYSTEM SPENT BAGS CONTAIN A RESIN THAT WILL ABSORB, UH, THEY'LL BE LEAVING THESE BAGS OUT, UH, FOR TIME BEFORE ANALYZE.

UH, THEY'RE ALSO LCRA.

WE'LL ALSO BE COLLECTING MONTHLY SAMPLES OF THE DAM AT EACH RESERVOIR.

NEXT SLIDE, UH, CITY WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

THEY ARE SAMPLING, UH, MONITORED BI-WEEKLY AT SOME LOCATIONS ON LIKE, BOSTON'S, UH, THAT WOULD BE A LOW WATER FROSTING.

I LOVE MANSFIELD DAM AND MOLONG METRO PARK AND WALSH LANDING.

AND THEN ON LABORED, LIKE THEY'RE MONITORING THAT, UH, RED BLOOD ASSESSMENT, THAT BEACH, AND, UH, OVER THE CORE, AND THEY'VE BEEN MONITORING, UH, FOR A FEW YEARS AND THEY HAVE THE TEXAS, UH, SCIENCE TALK TO ME AND WE ALGAE, UH, ON NEW AGENTS, UH, AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THEIR MIND, UH, IN ALL OF THE WATER SAMPLES THAT THEY'VE TAKEN, THEY HAVE NEVER DETECTED IN FACT OF THE TOP OF THE WATER.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO PREVIOUSLY THE SPINOFF ALGAE COUNTS OUR MAIN DETECTING.

UH, AS I SAID BEFORE, IT'S A TIME CONSUMING PROCEDURE THAT EATS UP A LOT OF LABOR HOURS.

UH, ALTHOUGH VAL CAN WOUNDS DON'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.

WE'D BENEFIT FROM BEING ABLE TO MONITOR THEM MORE FREQUENTLY.

THIS IS WHY WE AMENDED THE PURCHASE OF A FLOW PAM.

UH, SO THAT WAS IN THE ITEM.

NUMBER FOUR, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON THAT THIS DEVICE PASSED ALONG TO THIS DEVICE, AND IT TAKES PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE PARTICLES IN THE WATER AS THEY IDENTIFIED ARTICLE A, AGAIN, AN INTERNAL LIBRARY AND IT'S TILE INTO ACCOUNT, AND THIS CAN BE DONE WITH A FLOW CAM IN A MATTER OF MINUTES.

UH, SO THIS IS GREATLY ENHANCED.

OUR BUILDING THAT MONITOR ALFIE BIBLES AND THE WATER COMING IN ON THE ODDLY CYAN OR TOXIC, UH, ON THE SIDE.

UM, CURRENTLY WE DON'T HAVE THE VISIBILITY TO ANALYZE THE AND TOXINS IN THE HOUSE.

UH, THOSE THINGS ARE CURRENTLY BEING SENT OUT TO A CONTRACTOR.

UH, THIS IS COSTLY, A SINGLE SAMPLE, UM, IS, UH, $700 FOR A SEVEN, 10 DAY FINE.

AND IF THEY WANT A QUICKER TURN AROUND TIME AND MATH, WE CAN HAVE SOME, TWO OR FOUR TIMES THAT AMOUNT, UH, FOR THE EXPEDITED, UH, TURNAROUND, UH, OBVIOUSLY, UH, WE'D LIKE TO HAVE, SO OUR WATER QUALITY LAB IS DEVELOPING.

WE ALLY'S OF METHODS FOR ANALYZING, UH, FOR ANTHEM ELIZA, AN ACRONYM AND TIME, YOU KNOW, SORT OF ASSETS AND, UH, DEVELOP THIS METHOD, EQUIP US TO PRODUCE DAY WITH ALL AND HATS.

SO WE HOPE TO HAVE, IS GOING TO, IT TAKES TIME TO DEVELOP THIS METHOD THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE SCREENINGS DONE BY THE END OF THE SUMMER, MEANING WE CAN GENERATE THE FULL QUALITY ASSURANCE QUALITY INSTALLED, UH, WITH FULL METHOD DEVELOPMENT, UH, BY THE END OF THE YEAR,

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NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE ANALYTICAL IMPROVEMENTS WILL ENHANCE OUR ABILITY MONITORING TO BETTER HANDLE FOR THE WATER QUALITY.