Purpose:

The Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (BCRUA) is a partnership of the cities of Leander, Cedar Park and Round Rock to develop a regional water system that will supply treated water to the three communities.

All three cities have contracts with LCRA (Round Rock through the Brazos River Authority) for water from Lake Travis, and this project provides the facilities to access, treat and deliver this water to their customers. When completed, the project will meet the needs of all three cities to their ultimate build-out.

Construction Phasing and Costs:

Phase 1:

  • Temporary, floating intake structure at Cedar Park’s existing plant on the Sandy Creek arm of Lake Travis

  •  Raw water pipeline within right-of-way along Trails End Road

  •  Water treatment plant serving all three cities with an existing capacity of 22 million gallons per day (mgd) and a final Phase 1 capacity of 43 mgd

  • Treated water transmission pipeline across the north side of Cedar Park delivering water to all three cities

  •  Construction of an expansion to the floating raw water intake and water treatment plant is ongoing and scheduled for completion in late 2020

  • Construction of the final Phase 1 expansion scheduled for 2025 through 2027


Phase 2a:

This phase is needed to provide a deep-water intake source for the BCRUA Regional Water Supply System and existing Cedar Park and Sandy Creek Water Plants during prolonged drought conditions.

  • Permanent, deep-water intake structure on Lake Travis, a gravity tunnel to transmit the raw water to a new pump station, a raw water pipeline connecting the raw water pump station to two locations (the Phase 1 raw water pipeline, the City of Cedar Park water treatment plant)

  • Final design will begin in early 2019 and be completed in mid-2021. Final design cost is estimated at $14 million and will be funded with unspent debt proceeds from Phase 1A savings and 2018 SWIFT funds borrowed from the Texas Water Development Board

  • Construction is estimated to begin in 2021 with completion in 2026

  • Total project cost is estimated at approximately $180 million (subject to change)

Phase 2b:

This phase will occur at a future date to be decided by the three cities.

  • Expansion of the water treatment plant to 67 mgd

  • Expansion of pumping capacity at the raw water pump station to deliver 67 mgd to the BCRUA water treatment plant


Phase 3:

This phase will occur at a future date to be decided by the three cities.

  • Final expansion of water treatment plant to 106 mgd

  • Expansion of pumping capacity at the raw water pump station to deliver 106 mgd to the BCRUA water treatment plant