The shifting value of water throughout generations
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The shifting value of water throughout generations

As published in Lake Travis View, May 2024 Water is a vital resource, for both essential and indulgent purposes, yet how Americans use and value it can vary significantly across generations. Recent studies and surveys reveal distinct patterns in water consumption among different age groups shaped by the historical context, values, and technology of their…

Getting Started with Native Plants
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Getting Started with Native Plants

Clarence Reed and Vickie Wilson, Native Plant Society of TexasLMUD Open House presentation, May 22, 2024 When considering a new investment, most of us will weigh our options with a cost-benefit analysis: what’s worth our time and money? Yet, many of the things we habitually do are the largest investments of our time and money;…

Rainwater Harvesting in Central Texas
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Rainwater Harvesting in Central Texas

Rick Scadden, local resident and environmental engineerLMUD Open House presentation, May 21, 2024 In communities where a public water system is not available, such as more rural areas, many homeowners drill private wells to tap into groundwater. The problem is that with Texas being prone to drought, water supply can be unreliable. Prior to 1995,…

Drought Plan Update and Resources
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Drought Plan Update and Resources

Thank you to all of our customers who attended our public meetings in late March/early April to discuss changes being proposed to our Drought Contingency Plan, which affects the watering restrictions for our service area. With almost 100 people in attendance at each meeting, we appreciate the respectful feedback we received at the meetings, as…

Learn to Be Water Wise: LMUD Open House, May 2024
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Learn to Be Water Wise: LMUD Open House, May 2024

Stop in any day this week! We’d love to meet with you in person. Our Open House is happening at our district office (1097 Lohmans Crossing) May 20 – 24, 2024 from 8am – 5pm, closed noon-1pm for lunch. Presentations from experts in their field on various water-related topics will be held at 10am and…

Water Matters: April – July 2024 edition
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Water Matters: April – July 2024 edition

Long gone are the days when “meter readers” had to walk around to each house, manually writing down numbers and then transcribing water use data back at the office. Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) or “Smart Meters” provide data almost instantaneously and seamlessly, allowing for greater transparency as well as efficiency. Utilizing software called “WaterSmart”, LMUD…

You’re Invited: Drought Planning Meeting
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You’re Invited: Drought Planning Meeting

THESE MEETINGS HAVE PASSED. PLEASE SEE CURRENT DROUGHT CONTINGENY PLAN FOR CURRENT WATERING RESTRICTIONS. In preparation for another hot summer through a persistent drought, Lakeway MUD will host a watering restrictions update planning meeting for the public on Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Lakeway Activity Center located…

Home plumbing maintenance aids in water system resilience
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Home plumbing maintenance aids in water system resilience

As published in Lake Travis View, January 2024. Water utilities invest a lot of time and resources toward the maintenance of their community’s water supply and sanitation systems to help ensure its resilience, sustainability and safety. However, it is often overlooked that residents are indispensable partners in this ongoing effort to maintain a reliable water…

Rainy weather here, but drought far from over
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Rainy weather here, but drought far from over

As published in Lake Travis View, November 2023. We are each faced with making personal choices every day, but those who are tasked with making decisions that affect others in life-altering ways bear the heavy burden of responsibility. For Central Texas water industry leaders during this past summer, we faced unprecedented challenges set by record-breaking…

Wildfires: Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared!
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Wildfires: Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared!

Dustin Dunn, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, LTFR Prevention DivisionLMUD Open House presentation, October 20, 2023 There is a national severe misunderstanding of how and why wildfires impact certain communities. People assume it’s like a tsunami that just sweeps through and destroys the whole neighborhood, but that’s not how it works; with our current understanding of structure…

Breaking Lawn Addictions
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Breaking Lawn Addictions

Louise Placek, Native Plant Society of TexasLMUD Open House presentation, October 19, 2023 When it comes to altering our environment, lawns are king. Lawn (turf) grass is the most irrigated plant in the United States, but provides the least ecological habitat potential. It’s also big business with millions of pounds of fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides…

Hydrology: Groundwater and Wells
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Hydrology: Groundwater and Wells

Lane Cockrell, Southwestern Travis County GCDLMUD Open House presentation, October 19, 2023 Lakeway MUD is a surface-water supplier, pulling our raw water exclusively from Lake Travis. However, all water is connected (aquifers feed springs and creeks that become our rivers and lakes) so we invited Lane Cockrell, a hydrogeologist and general manager for the Southwestern…

Bring Your Landscape to Life with Texas Native Plants
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Bring Your Landscape to Life with Texas Native Plants

Haeley Giambalvo, Native Plant Society of TexasLMUD Open House presentation, October 17, 2023 The third week of October is officially recognized as Texas Native Plant Week to highlight the important role native plants play in conservation. Fall is the best time to plant native perennials so they can develop their root system over the winter…

“Will it rain again? An Update to the Fall and Winter 2023 Forecast
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“Will it rain again? An Update to the Fall and Winter 2023 Forecast

Paul Yura, National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio TXLMUD Open House presentation, October 16, 2023 It’s obviously going to rain again. The question is when and how much. When compared to other states, Texas, by far, has the highest number of billion-dollar weather events: We encourage you to sign up and pay attention to the National…

Lead and Copper Testing Results, 2023
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Lead and Copper Testing Results, 2023

The Potable Water Department team, led by Department Supervisor Raf Mendoza, at Lakeway Municipal Utility District (LMUD) recently completed their latest round of Lead and Copper Testing. This testing is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through a regulation established in 1991 known as the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), under authority of the…