Here are some things to know this week in Georgetown.
1. Williamson County early voting turnout is at 31.24 percent
After the first full week of early voting for the 2018 midterms, more than 100,000 ballots have been cast in Williamson County, according to the latest unofficial count from the county elections department. In Travis County, turnout stands at 27.9 percent through the first week of early voting.
Registered voters in Williamson County can cast ballots at any polling location until Friday. Election Day is Nov. 6. Find more election coverage at communityimpact.com/vote.
2. Georgetown wins $1 million in U.S. Mayors Challenge
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Monday that the city of Georgetown is among nine winners from throughout the country who will receive $1 million through the U.S. Mayors Challenge, a yearlong competition that seeks innovative solutions to challenges faced by American cities.
Georgetown will receive $1 million to implement its virtual power plant program, which will allow the city to lease rooftop space on homes and businesses to install solar panels. Read more here.
3. Austin’s boil water notice lifted
A nearly weeklong boil water notice for Austin Water customers ended Sunday. People who live in the city, or those who work there or have plans to travel there this week, can use tap water without having to first boil it for three minutes. The boil water notice affected a broad swath of Central Texans, including about 80,000 people who live within Williamson County.
Here is a roundup of coverage from Community Impact Newspaper:
- Austin Water gives the all clear as boil water notice lifted Sunday afternoon
- Austin’s mayor declares local state of disaster amid water contamination and flooding issues
- Health update: No restaurants cited yet for using contaminated water, consumption illnesses likely to lay dormant for 10 days
- Experts: No way to plan for Austin’s water emergency
- Austin hospitals and clinics follow emergency plans, ship in thousands of gallons of water during advisory
- Williamson County declares state of disaster to help handle boil water notice
- Learn how ongoing boil water advisory has some Austin businesses in ‘very difficult’ spot
- Floodgates expected to be open at Mansfield Dam through the end of October
4. Homebuilders say rain, flooding will affect local construction
Recent rainfall and flooding throughout Central Texas will significantly impact timelines for home construction, according to Emily Blair, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. Burnet County was hit hardest flooding, but each of the counties in the disaster declared areas—including Williamson County—are facing building and rebuilding challenges. Read more here.