Must a water company provide notice if they are building a huge storage facility next door to my home?

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Must a water company provide notice if they are building a huge storage facility next door to my home?

My husband and I recently granted a regional water authority an easement across our property for a water line but we have heard they are planning on building a huge water storage tank on the property next door and have started to clear the property. Since this could negatively impact the resale value of our property, are they obligated to formally notify us of this construction project?

Asked on June 19, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, if the water company that you are writing about plans on building a large storage facility, it must post on its property a notice of intent of what it desires usually on a large billboard so that the public will be aware of such where the public can make comment as to such intent before the entity that would ultimately approve or disapprove the application to do so.

This essentially is the "public notice" and "public comment" process. For a project so large, an enviromental impact report is typically required for approval after notice and public comment is reviewed.


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