VIDEO: Water leak makes the county lose 5 million gallons of water per day

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Water leak makes the county lose 5 million gallons per day

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Meanwhile, water leaking from the canal is pouring an estimated 5 to 6 million gallons of water daily into an 8 by 7 by 6-foot box storm drain, owned by the city, that crosses under the canal.  The site of the canal leak is one-quarter mile east of Stewart Road in Mission.

Take a look at the video below or click this link.

Retiring fire chief recalls 37 years of adventure

At 56 Rene Lopez Jr. has been hanging around Mission’s Fire Department since he was eight years old.

“I was like the department mascot because my father used to bring me with him to work.  In fact, I’ve been here for every hurricane since Hurricane Beulah,” Lopez said during an interview Tuesday, referring to the category five storm that hit the Rio Grande Valley in 1967.
Since then Lopez has seen his share of disasters…. 

But today, after all those years, and so many experiences, Lopez will leave the station not for the last time – because he intends to remain a volunteer firefighter – but for the last time as the department’s chief. Rene Lopez Jr. is now officially retired from the position he has held since March 2015…

Mission City Council rejects apartment building along Meadow Creek Golf Course

Mission’s City Council has voted to deny a developer’s rezoning request that would have allowed construction of a 120-unit apartment building along a retirement community’s golf course on the city’s southwest side.

 But the council approved some zoning change requests in the adjacent Meadow Creek subdivision while voting to delay deciding on two others.

Agua SUD to reduce water meter fee

Property owners hoping to connect with the Agua Special Utilities District are awaiting an announcement this weekend of an anticipated decrease in the amount it will cost to connect newly constructed homes to the major water provider in the area.

During their latest meeting Tuesday night, the Agua SUD board voted to publish a proposed amended amount for the Agua SUD Impact Fee by Saturday.

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