CARD is a volunteer, non-partisan organization working with citizens and officials for development that enhances the traditional character of the Hill Country. We believe preserving our open spaces, flowing water, clean air and starry skies is good for our economy and our rural lifestyle. We do not accept any corporate or government funding. Go to our About page for our vision, mission, who we are, and other details.
You still have time to speak out
Sign the STOP Aqua Texas Petition
At the Protect Our Wimberley Valley Town Hall meeting, more than 200 of your neighbors said No to Aqua Texas taking over Wimberley’s Waste Water system and No to giving this national corporation control of Wimberley’s future growth, by signing the petition to STOP Aqua Texas.
This month, the citizens of Wimberley resoundingly said No to bringing Big Store and Big City development to Wimberley with their almost unanimous outrage at the recent Tractor Supply store proposal. They made clear to City Council they do not want to see Wimberley over-develop and lose its small town character. With that response, City Council had to listen.
The City Sewer decision has dragged on for months because people have made it clear most of Wimberley does not want a private national company in control of Wimberley’s future. City Council will have to vote soon, and still seems set on handing Wimberley over to Aqua Texas. Please join your neighbors in letting City Council know that Big Industry control and development is not needed or wanted in Wimberley.
Download the STOP Aqua Texas petition Print it out, give copies to your friends, sign it and send it to CARD, PO Box 2905, Wimberley, TX, 78676. If you cannot print it out, you can just sign your name and address on a piece of paper and write the words "Stop Aqua Texas Petition" at the top, and send that. CARD will present all the names at a future City Council meeting.
CARD Steering Committee
Townhall Meeting Video Clips...
Here are clips from the speakers at the meeting "Protect Our Wimberley Valley," the CARD-hosted event at the Wimberley Community Center on January 12, 2017. (Courtesy of vcYES.com)
- David Baker on environmental risks
- David Baker on testing
- Steve Thurber on affordability
- Donn Lamoureux on NO to Aqua Texas
- Steve Klepfer on CCN and growth
- Marilee Wood on Blue Hole Regional Park
- Steve Thurber conclusion
You can also listen to a sound recording of the entire event, which was done by Wimberley Valley Radio – KWVH 94.1.
Due to technical difficulties, we are not able to show individual videos of each speaker’s complete presentation, or the Question and Answer part of the program.
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Just the Facts
With the recent interest in the Wimberley Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and the proposed Aqua Texas alternative, it is important to have accurate information to help sort through the many claims and counter-claims being made. We have compiled the following information that you can use to understand the issues being debated. Some of this material is found on the City of Wimberley website; other information comes from credible outside sources. We include excerpts from each source and provide links to the original material.
And in the category of "Be Careful What You Wish For..."
The New York Times recently published In American Towns, Private Profits From Public Works, an analysis of what happened when several small towns turned over operation of their water or wastewater systems to private equity firms. While Aqua Texas is a corporation, not a private equity firm, the towns' experiences with these firms, and their efforts to wrest control of these systems back again, offers a cautionary note about what Wimberley may well face in a deal with Aqua Texas.