Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority

Phases 1 and 2 Regional Water System

Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (BCRUA) is a multi-phase comprehensive water supply system developed by multiple sponsoring entities – Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Leander – to provide a reliable, cost-effective source of water for their fast-growing jurisdictions.

Walker Partners is currently designing an expansion of the water treatment plant from a capacity of 17 million gallons per day (mgd) to 32 mgd. Design includes an expansion of a floating raw water pump station, improvements to a 78-inch diameter transmission pipeline, and design of additional treatment capacity at the WTP.

Walker Partners is also designing the BCRUA Phase 2 Raw Water Delivery System Project. The BCRUA Phase 2 Project consists of two multi-level deep intakes in Lake Travis connected to a 9,000 linear foot 96-inch finished diameter intake tunnel at depths ranging from 100 to 400 feet. The intake conveys water to a remotely located 145 mgd pump station with a 300 foot deep wetwell and subterranean suction chamber. A 2,600 linear foot transmission tunnel conveys water across the lake to an existing 78” open-cut pipeline. The pump station includes complex hydraulic and control design to convey water to three different water treatment plants utilizing low head and high head pumping systems. The Project also includes easement acquisition and coordination with multiple stakeholders including Travis County, City of Austin, Lower Colorado River Authority, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, and Texas Water Development Board for funding.

Faced with increasing water demands and the need to develop a water source that is not vulnerable to prolonged drought conditions, the cities of Cedar Park, Leander, and Round Rock formed a partnership and are setting new ground with a regional water supply system.

completion date: Under construction

location: cedar park, TX | Round rock, TX | Leander, TX

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