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EPA, TCEQ Requiring Inspection of Water Service Lines

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have released updated standards that require all drinking water utilities in the United States to investigate and determine where lead service lines are located in their water distribution systems.

 

Over the next nine months, the City of Ballinger will be required to inspect service lines on any properties within the city limits that are connected to a City water main. The service line is the small conduit from the water main in the street to your home. Each service line has a water meter at the start of your private property.

City crews will dig a hole (18-24 inches deep) on each side of the water meter to determine the pipe material, and they will then refill the holes later that day. Crews will not need to enter your home.

The purpose of this regulation is to protect communities from the risk of lead exposure from drinking water flowing through lead-based pipes.

For questions or concerns -- or to report any damage caused by City crews -- please call City Hall at 325-365-3511 or visit baltx.org/contact to send us a message.

Stage 3 Water Restrictions In Effect

Ballinger has now moved into Stage 3 of water restrictions due to Ballinger Lake's water level dropping below 1,658 feet of elevation. This has triggered the following restrictions:

 

1. Irrigation by all commercial, industrial and residential customers utilizing individual sprinklers or sprinkler systems for lawns, gardens, landscaped trees, trees, shrubs or other plants is prohibited; provided however, irrigation of gardens, trees and shrubs shall be permitted on the customers' designated date (which can be found at baltx.org/watering-schedule), as herein set out, except between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. if:

 

- A handheld hose is used and is personally attended by an individual at all times the water is running.

 

2. Use of water from fire hydrants shall be limited to fire fighting and related activities. Water use for domestic use only may be purchased from the bulk loading station (at the Ballinger Fire Department).

 

3. The following uses of water are defined as wasteful and are absolutely prohibited

 

- Allowing water to run more than 75 feet downgrade from the property line;

 

- Failure to repair a controllable leak;

 

- Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas; except to alleviate immediate fire, health or safety hazards;

 

- The filling, refilling or adding of water to swimming and/or wading pools.

 

4. Any violation of these restrictions is hereby prohibited, declared to be unlawful, and subjects the violator to the following range of penalties in addition to applicable court costs and any other fees that might be involved herein:

 

- Upon conviction of any violation at a residence, a fine of $300 per violation will be imposed. If a second offense occurs, a fine of $500 will be imposed, and repeated violations may result in termination of water service with an associated $200 reconnect fee.

 

- Upon conviction of any violation at a commercial (including apartments) or industrial location, a fine of $500 will be imposed. Repeat violations may result in termination of water service with an associated $200 reconnect fee.

 

- It is an affirmative defense to any violation of these restrictions if the customer proves that the misused wasted water is from an operable water well serving the said property.

 

For more information, please call City Hall at 325-365-3511.

 
New Payment Plan Policy

 

Beginning Feb. 1, 2024, the City of Ballinger will no longer carry payment plans over $100 or offer extensions past the cutoff date.

*Customers that have current payment plans can continue to pay these off until final payment has been received.

*The City of Ballinger will continue with the 10th of each month as the due date and the 25th for water cutoffs. Please make payments accordingly to prevent disconnection. If these dates fall on a weekend or federal holiday, residents will have until the following business day to make a payment.


*If you are having financial trouble, please contact www.texasutilityhelp.com or www.cornerstonecaa.org for assistance options.

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