Public to help shape recycling program
Citizen input on the future of recycling in San Angelo will be sought at a series of three town hall forums throughout the community. The public gatherings will begin at 6 p.m. on:
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.
- Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Southland Baptist Church, 4300 Meadow Creek Trail.
- Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Lincoln Middle School cafeteria, 255 Lake View Heroes Drive.
Representatives from the City of San Angelo and from Republic Services, the City’s contracted trash collection provider, will be on hand at each meeting to hear the public’s thoughts and to answer questions.
The Sept. 26 forum will be streamed live on SATV, Suddenlink channel 17, and on the City of San Angelo-Public Information Facebook page. Questions and comments posted on the City’s Facebook and Twitter (@CityofSanAngelo) pages will be incorporated into the discussion. SATV will later rebroadcast the forum.
The City is also conducting a short, online survey on local attitudes about recycling and its future.
Republic Services on Sept. 4 asked the City Council to consider changes in the curbside recycling program. Republic officials say changes are necessitated by China’s refusal to accept recyclable materials from other countries. That has caused a global crash in the price of recycled materials and an unforeseen change worldwide in the recycling industry.
Among the options Republic has offered are to temporarily suspend the marketing of recyclables collected at curbsides; changing the materials that are accepted; changing service levels, perhaps by adding drop-off sites; or moving to a subscription service for those interested in recycling.
Drought Level 1 restrictions to be lifted Sept. 18
San Angelo will lift the Drought Level 1 restrictions Tuesday.
The City on Friday received updated information about the amount of water in O.H. Ivie Reservoir from the Colorado River Municipal Water District, which owns and operates the lake. The new data has extended the available water supply to 25 months. Drought Level 1 is enacted when the water supply dips to 24 months. That is a worst-case scenario that assumes no rainfall or runoff into reservoirs during that span.
San Angelo will revert to standard conservation, effective immediately upon the City Council’s action at its meeting Tuesday. That will allow outside watering twice every seven days and no more than 1 inch per week. Irrigating lawns from noon-6 p.m. is prohibited. It is always a violation to allow water to run more than 150 feet from one’s property.
Ivie, San Angelo’s primary water source, is 15 percent full. Twin Buttes Reservoir is at 9 percent of its capacity, O.C. Fisher Reservoir is at 6 percent, and Lake Nasworthy is at 82 percent. Year-to-date rainfall is about 2 inches above normal.
“We’re entering a season of cooler temperatures and, hopefully, more rainfall,” Water Utilities Director Allison Strube said. “We’re hopeful we can remain in standard conservation mode for a significant stretch.”
Drought Level 1 also triggers a 5-percent surcharge for monthly usage of 3,000-15,000 gallons; the charge is 10 percent or 20 percent for higher-volume users. The surcharge will be removed from all bills sent in the October billing cycle. The average household uses about 5,000 gallons per month, which equates to a 75-cent surcharge. The fee is meant to incentive more conservative usage.
To report a watering violation, call the Code Compliance office at 325-657-4409, visit cosatx.us/water, email email@example.com, or message the City of San Angelo-Public Information Facebook page. Reports should include the address, the time of day, the nature of the violation and, if available, photos.
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