Two and a half years into a protracted battle between the city of Austin, environmental groups and the city of Dripping Springs over whether the Hays County city should be allowed to dump treated sewage into Onion Creek, a state commission will likely decide Wednesday whether to send the matter to an administrative law judge.
The issue first arose in 2015 when Dripping Springs, the rapidly growing Hays County city, requested the permit to expand its sewage plant and allow it to discharge treated sewage into a tributary of Onion Creek, which eventually feeds Barton Springs.
Ginger Faught, deputy city administrator for Dripping Springs, said the city will primarily use the treated wastewater for irrigating city land and, through agreements, the parks, medians and other open spaces of private partners… Read more from