Demand vs. supply The cities of Round Rock and Pugerville project water supply will more than meet demand over the next decade. *
wastewater systems will be able to support the pro- jected build-out population of 250,000 in Round Rock. However, as the area’s population continues to grow, ocials are turning their attention east- ward, to the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer that extends across northwestern Louisiana, Texas and Mexico. “We’re set for the next 30-40 years,” Thane said. “Round Rock’s thinking way further than that now.” Pritchett conrmed Pugerville is also involved in exploration of this project. Brunett said neces- sary infrastructure to bring CWA water west to Williamson County would likely take the form of a 50-mile pipeline. Meanwhile, Hutto is making an eort to become more self-reliant in its water sourcing. The city began work earlier this year on an aqui- fer storage and recovery well that will pull water from the Trinity Aquifer and store it for use when demand is high, such as during the summer or during periods of drought. In the meantime, ocials across all three cities encouraged water reuse and conservation of existing reservoirs. “We’re going to have to do a better job at reus- ing our wastewater,” Brunett said. “We may poten- tially look at reallocating storage and existing reservoirs where we would basically change the normal level for more water storage, aquifer stor- age and recovery.”
Wastewater expansions With regard to wastewater, the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater System, which consists of two regional treatment plants located in Round Rock, is undergoing an expansion expected to be completed in 2023. The BCRWWS is a separate regional partnership among Austin, Cedar Park, Leander and Round Rock to manage wastewater, similar in nature to the BCRUA. The system’s East Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is being upgraded to treat up to 30 mgd. Plans are being adapted to include more protective lters following incidents of hydraulic overload in March that resulted in several wastewater line breaks. On Aug. 11, Round Rock City Council approved a contract with K. Friese & Associates to complete a master plan for the BCRWWS. Under the contract, K. Friese will collect data from the whole system and develop a long-range plan for treatment and collection systems. Additionally, Pugerville and Hutto each have their own wastewater projects in the works, from additional pipelines to wastewater treatment plant expansions. Hutto’s wastewater outlook mirrors its outlook on water, meaning the city will require several projects in the near term to ensure its capacity to treat waste- water does not fall behind demand. “I don’t hesitate to use the term, ‘immediately,’” said consultant Ian Toohey, who is assisting the city with the wastewater component of its master plan. Diversifying sources Thane said the expansions of both the water and
Annual demand Total supply
25 50 75 100
Supply expansions including the Deep Water Intake at Lake Travis come online
10 20 30 40
*DATA FOR HUTTO IS STILL BEING CALCULATED AND IS NOT YET AVAILABLE, ACCORDING TO CITY STAFF. Contract with Lower Colorado River Authority begins, doubling water capacity for the city of Pugerville
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