Project at a Glance
The following was last revised in November 2009 and summarizes the BCRUA regional water supply system project. Future information will be available as additional decisions are made and the project progresses.
Purpose: The Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (BCRUA) is a local partnership of Leander, Cedar Park and Round Rock to design and construct a regional water system that will supply treated water to the three communities.
Round Rock, Cedar Park and Leander are some of the fastest growing cities in Texas. Their combined service area population is 192,000 and is projected to grow to 609,000 by the year 2040.
All three cities have contracts with LCRA for water from Lake Travis, and this project will provide the facilities to access, treat and deliver this water to their customers. When completed, the project will meet the needs of Round Rock and Cedar Park to their ultimate build-out and the needs of Leander for at least the next 20 to 25 years.
The regional concept ensures the responsible use of resources and the least impact on both the environment and neighboring communities.
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Rather than three communities building three separate water supply projects—with three pipelines, three intakes, and three treatment plants, the BCRUA project streamlines the effort for minimum impact and maximum efficiency.
The regional option affords the three cities the opportunity to realize “economy of scale” savings of 30 percent, or more than $90 million.
The BCRUA Board of Directors is composed of six members which includes two representatives from each of the city councils of the partnering cities.
Frank Leffingwell currently serves as President of the BCRUA board.
Tom Gallier serves as the General Manager.
Construction on one element of the project’s first phase (a major raw water line along Trails End Road) is currently underway.
Construction of the water treatment plant is scheduled to begin before the end of 2009.
Construction Phasing and Costs:
Construction of a temporary, floating intake structure at Cedar Park’s existing plant on the Sandy Creek arm of Lake Travis
New raw water pipeline within right-of-way along Trails End Road
New treatment plant will serve all three cities with an initial capacity of 17 million gallons per day (mgd) and a final Phase 1 capacity of 42 mgd
Treated water transmission pipeline is also planned across the north side of Cedar Park
Construction to begins in late 2009 and expected to be complete by 2013.
Cost estimated at approximately $160 million
Permanent, deep-water intake structure on Lake Travis and raw water pipeline connecting the intake to the Phase 1 pipeline.
Construction to begin as late as 2016, depending on lake levels. Cost estimated at approximately $100 million
Expansion of the water treatment plant to 84 mgd. Cost estimated at approximately $42 million.
Total estimated cost for Phase 2: $142 million
Final expansion of water treatment plant
Estimated cost: $29 million
Total cost: The total project cost is estimated at $330 million.
Financing: The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) sold bonds to provide $309 million to fund the first phases of the project.
Volente: Dialogue continues with the Village of Volente, where a proposed deep-water in Lake Travis might be located (Site 4). On December 10, 2008, elected officials from the three partnering cities and BCRUA board members met with the Volente Council to discuss the project.
Conservation: All three BCRUA partnering cities have water conservation and drought-contingency programs in place that include the following:
Voluntary water conservation measures
Mandatory rationing during periods of extended drought
Reuse of water for irrigation