The city removed the water coolers that had been sponsored by our local running stores.
Seems you need a food handler's permit, a mobile transport/serving permit, and the city wants a fee. I think there's more to it.
Anyway, the water fountains around there aren't reliable. The pipes shut down when I was running my 50k, and those coolers made it happen for me.
Thanks, Rogue and RunTex, for doing this all along. Even though I don't prefer stopping to drink at them, a lot of people do.
Local Newscast says: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/runners-question-missing-water-coolers
Check out the petition circulating to bring back the coolers:
Water Back on the Trail: http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-lee-leffingwell-allow-businesses-to-provide-water-coolers-in-austin-parks?fb_action_ids=10151330897102559&fb_action_types=change-org:recruit&fb_ref=__IoxHuBrvtl&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7b%2210151330897102559%22:171378886319634%7d&action_type_map=%7b%2210151330897102559%22:%22change-org:recruit%22%7d&action_ref_map=%7b%2210151330897102559%22:%22__IoxHuBrvtl%22