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Brushy Creek board considering options for intake, pipes
A lot more is known about the specifics of the proposed water treatment plant designed to serve Leader,
BCRUA board members – made up of appointees from the Round Rock, Leander and
Between those two events, a much clearer picture of what the estimated $500 million project will be emerged. Much of the public comment portion of the meeting – prior to the two hearings – was from landowners in the Volente area complaining that questions they asked about the project had not been answered almost a year after the project was announced.
What engineers told the board and about 35 people gathered in Round Rock City Council Chambers was that the multi-phased project faced several major hurdles in getting raw water out of
Consulting engineers said they were looking at seven possible intake sites, ranging from the west side of the Cypress Creek Arm to the mouth of the Sandy Creek Arm. Each one must be able to draw from 560 feet in order to function during the drought of record. They are also looking at four different types of intake facilities, including a consolidated shaft microtunnel; a split shaft microtunnel; a tower intake; and an inclined intake.
Each location presents a challenge in piping the raw water to the treatment plant. The most efficient and direct route, according to the engineers, is to bury the 84-inch raw water pipeline on a route that runs the length of
The project will also disturb portions of two parks, an LCRA/Travis Park called
Following the public hearing, the board discussed setting a date for a meeting or work session with the Volente Board of Aldermen to discuss details of the project and how it would affect the village. The meeting would be separate from the March 6 meeting scheduled for Volente citizens to get information.
Copies of the engineering presentations for Tuesday’s meeting are available online at www.bcrua.org.
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