Round Rock approves regional project to pump more water from Lake Travis

Round Rock City Council has approved that it is part of a construction project that will pump greater amounts of water from Lake Travis to the city as well as to the towns of Leander and Cedar Park.

“This project will allow Round Rock to meet the growing demands of our community for years to come,” Utilities Manager Michael Thane said in a city news release. “It will also be a reliable source of water in drought conditions.”

The city council also on Thursday approved an economic agreement with Valex Corporation, a California-based manufacturer that makes components for the semiconductor and solar energy industry. The Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corporation will provide an incentive of $225,000 over three years in exchange for investing $5 million in building improvements at 120 E. Old Settler’s Park Boulevard and provide 75 jobs over a five-year period with an average salary of $50,000, according to the agreement.

The Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority’s Phase 2 raw water distribution system project is expected to deliver up to 141.7 million gallons of Lake Travis water per day to Round Rock, Leander and Cedar Park in by 2027, officials said. Cities are all part of the public service.

The construction cost is estimated at $224.8 million. Round Rock’s share of the cost is $63.4 million, which the city will pay in cash, Thane said.

“We planned this project and that’s why we have the money ready to go,” he said.

Round Rock’s approval on Thursday gave the utility authority the opportunity to approve the construction contract with Thalle Construction Co. and SAK Construction, according to the city’s release.

Construction is expected to begin soon and be completed in June 2027, Thane said. Round Rock draws most of its water from Lake Georgetown. It also currently uses 1.5 to 2 million gallons per day of water from Lake Travis. The new construction project is expected to bring an additional 40.8 million gallons of water per day to Round Rock from Lake Travis, officials said.

Currently, the water Round Rock receives from Lake Travis comes from a temporary floating barge built by the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority, Thane said.

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The barge is sensitive to lake level and when the lake drops to a certain point, he said, the barge cannot pump water.

The new construction project will include a permanent raw water intake at a deeper location in Lake Travis that can pump water 121 feet below the total lake level, he said. The water will be piped through a gravity-flow tunnel to a new high-capacity pumping station on part of Sandy Creek Park.

A pipeline will extend approximately 2,680 feet from the nearby pump station Trail’s End Road, where it will connect to the raw water pipeline, according to the city’s news release.

The existing pump line will then send water to the Brushy Creek utility, Cedar Park. Leander and Round Rock water treatment plants.

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