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Posted on: February 6, 2024

No outdoor watering for Leander water customers begins February 12

02/06/2024 — City of Leander will move from Phase 2 (once-a-week watering) to Phase 4 water conservation (no outside watering) on Monday, Feb. 12, to prepare for the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (BCRUA) pipeline replacement, which will significantly reduce the city’s water treatment capacity. 

During Phase 4, Leander water customers should turn off irrigation systems and limit all nonessential water uses.

On Feb. 28, BCRUA contractors will begin replacing about 1,400 feet of 36-inch underwater pipeline used to transport raw water from Lake Travis to the BCRUA water treatment plant, Leander's primary source for potable water. Contractors are expected to complete the project by the first week of April.

The planned construction will require shutting down the BCRUA water treatment plant, reducing Leander's overall capacity of potable water from roughly 24 million gallons per day (MGD) to 9 MGD. Leander will rely solely on its Sandy Creek water treatment plant during the pipeline replacement.

Leander will start Phase 4 on Feb. 12 to reduce water demand before the project begins, and the city will remain in Phase 4 until BCRUA contractors complete the replacement. Higher than 9 MGD water use could result in low water pressures and boil water notices. In January, Leander water customers averaged 8.6 MGD with a maximum usage of 11.7 MGD on Jan. 16.

Residential and commercial penalties for violating Phase 4 include:

  • First offense – Courtesy warning
  • Second and subsequent offense – $1,000 fine and potential disconnection of water 

The city has been notifying residents of the upcoming Phase 4 water conservation measures, including mailing the Phase 4 guide to all Leander water customers last week. On Feb. 1, Leander City Council approved a resolution supporting temporary emergency water conservation actions. The city will implement items listed in the resolution as part of the Phase 4 transition, including a temporary halt to issuing new bulk meters, irrigation permits, and pool permits. 
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