The Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (BCRUA), a partnership of the cities of Cedar Park, Leander, and Round Rock, has a responsibility to provide reliable, cost-effective sources of water for their fast growing jurisdictions. If the cities do not develop a new regional water supply system, resources will not be adequate in three to seven years, jeopardizing the health, safety, and quality of life for residents and negatively impacting the region’s economic future. In a time of rapid growth, communities must cooperate to ensure an adequate water supply for everyone.
A Regional Solution
The BCRUA has designed a regional water supply solution that makes sense. Not only is it more cost-efficient and environmentally sound, it also provides a solid foundation for local businesses and the well-being of residents in all surrounding communities. Moreover, our regional strategy is in line with the policies of the Texas Water Development Board and the Lower Colorado River Authority’s water management plan.
The three cities have been seeking solutions to providing long-term water supplies for several years. The Sandy Creek arm of Lake Travis is the current site of Cedar Park’s and Leander’s intake structures. However, this area of the lake is vulnerable to low lake levels. In fact, the need for a deep-water intake along the main channel of the lake became critical during the drought conditions of the past few years. If those drought conditions had not ended with recent rains, the two cities’ current intake structures would have been “grounded”, meaning they literally would not have been able to draw any water from the lake. That realization caused city leaders to accelerate planning for a comprehensive water supply system.The BCRUA plans to develop the water system in three phases. Click here to learn more about the project.