Austin Water provides a wide array of environmental services that helps protect water quality and endangered species.
Special Services Division administers and enforces the following programs:
- Cross Connection Control / Water Protection - works to prevent cross connections by ensuring safeguards are in place to protect the public water system from contamination hazards.
- Industrial Waste Control / Pretreatment - ensures that local, state and federal regulations are met regarding the quality of wastewater discharged into the City’s wastewater system.
- Lake Water Protection Program - administers rules for boats, marinas and shore facilities to insure that sewage is managed appropriately and the City’s water supply is protected.
- Liquid Waste Hauler Program - regulates liquid waste transportation, including sewage, water and wastewater treatment sludge, septic tank waste, grit trap waste, grease trap waste and portable toilet waste, for the City of Austin.
- Water Wells Program - administers Ordinance No. 20121011-005 that includes registration requirements for the drilling of water wells, the installation of water well pumps and other closely related activities. These rules apply to any water well (existing, new or planned) that is located on a property that receives water or wastewater service from the Austin Water.
Center for Environmental Research
Center for Environmental Research sponsors events, classes, and workshops and conducts numerous research projects at Hornsby Bend focused on waste recycling, ecology and hydrology.
Austin Water manages 40,000 acres as the Wildland Conservation Division. These lands provide valuable habitat for endangered species, wildlife and native plants while protecting source water watersheds that help provide safe drinking water to the public. Management of these lands protects 22% of the recharge zone for the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer and provides open space which adds to Austin’s quality of life and reputation as a community that values its environment.