New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 158, No. 107 12 pages, 1 section
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NBU EXPLORING LOCAL WATER OPTIONS
USE AND REUSE
»•JAPAN: QUAKE, TSUNAMI AFTERMATH
Reactor fire, rod damage fuel crisis
■ RELATED: Plant poses little threat to U.S. — for now. Page 5
The Associated Press
»• MEETING THURSDAY AT 6 P.M.
Groundwater district topic for rare evening commissioners’ session
By Greg Bowen
County officials this week are keeping a promise to hold evening meetings that will allow more citizens to attend.
For the first time since promising evening meetings in January, commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in Commissioners’ Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza, New Braunfels.
They’ll discuss and take public comment on a proposed groundwater conservation district for Comal County's portion of the Trinity Aquifer, which lies beneath the northwestern
portion of the county.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is recommending the formation of a protective groundwater district for the Trinity in Comal. State environmental officials have designated the Trinity as a “priority groundwater management area,” one where critical groundwater shortages are occurring and expected to worsen.
But local voters, citing more taxes and more government intervention, have rejected the formation of a district twice, in 1995 and in 2001.
See EVENING, Page 5
DRAW DETERMINES ORDER CANDIDATES WILL APPEAR ON BALLOT
LEFT: Julie Jerome, left, of Comal Independent School District signs a document verifying the order in which names of CISD school board candidates will appear on the May 14 ballot Names were pulled from a basket Tuesday at Comal County Courthouse Annex. Witnessing is Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa. Dale Dehlin's name will appear first and Nancy Pappas' second. RIGHT: City Secretary Patrick Aten, left looks on Tuesday as Geographic Information Systems intern Tammy Biegas pulls candidates' names from a basket In the race for mayor, Gale Pospisil's name will appear first and Jason Dias' second. In the race for foe District 5 seat on city council, Beverly Nuckols will appear first followed by Bryan Miranda. Names were only drawn for contested races.
Photos by LAURA McKBfiDE/Herald-Zeitung
SOURCE: ESRI AP
age pond — an area where used nuclear fuel is kept cool — causing radioactivity to be released into the atmosphere.
Tokyo Electric Power said the new blaze erupted because the initial Fire had not been fully extinguished.
See JAPAN, Page 5
NBU's Orlando Pena pours a sample of water taken from the effluent Tuesday at North Kuehler Wastewater Treatment Plant.The treated wastewater is released into an unnamed tributary that flows into the Guadalupe River.
Utility eyes permit for 3 billion gallons of water from city’s wastewater plants
By Greg Bowen
New Braunfels Utilities is seeking a state ermit that would give it rights to as much s 3 billion gallons annually of the treated wastewater it now discharges into the Guadalupe River from city wastewater treatment plants.
The permit application, if approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, would give the city control of the treated effluent ter it goes into the river, said Roger Big-»rs, executive director of water services >r NBU.
There are no immediate plans for that ater, said Gretchen Reuwer, NBU's com-ìunications manager. “We just want to be ble to have that option.”
Another type of reuse—direct reuse — is also being considered in New Braunfels. Direct reuse water is treated wastewater effluent that is transported directly from a wastewater treatment plant via pipeline or similar conveyance for subsequent use.
If the permit is granted, that water “can be sold or used in some other way and can be pulled from the river downstream,” Biggers said.
The type of water being sought is classified as “indirect reuse” water, or treated wastewater effluent, first discharged into a watercourse and transported via the bed
See WATER, Page 5
Trinity test well being drilled
By Greg Bowen
Drillers are working to determine if the city-owned New Braunfels Utilities can tap the Trinity Aquifer as a water source.
NBU already claims waters from Canyon Lake, Edwards Aquifer and the Guadalupe River to supply customers.
“NBU is in the process of drilling its first Trinity test well,” said Roger Biggers, executive director of water services for NBU.
“It is too early in the process to know if the well
See WELL, Page 5
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SOMA, Japan — A fire broke out at a nuclear reactor again Wednesday, a day after the power plant emitted a burst of radiation that panicked an already edgy Japan and left the government struggling to contain a spiral-ing crisis caused by last week’s earthquake and tsunami.
The outer housing of the containment vessel at the No. 4 unit at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex erupted in flames early Wednesday, said Hajimi Motujuku, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Bower Co.
On Tuesday, a fire broke out in the same reactor's fuel stor-