This applies to Cedar Park water customers only. The BCRUA is a partnership. Each city has a different response based on their water system. Please refer to other member cities for their specific information.
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The leak that was recently discovered in the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (BCRUA) underwater intake line has grown significantly and we must reduce strain on the system by reducing water usage during the repair. Cedar Park has implemented temporary water restrictions specific to irrigation uses – as lawn irrigation is our largest source of water use. Effective Friday, September 9, only handheld hose-with-water-shutoff sprayer-watering, soaker hoses and drip irrigation are allowed. All other forms of irrigation are prohibited: including irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers. This applies to all Cedar Park residential and commercial water customers. No other outdoor water uses are affected at this time.
No additional activities are restricted during the repair of the BCRUA underwater intake line. Irrigation is the largest water use at this time of year and by curtailing it, the City of Cedar Park water treatment plant can meet remaining water system demand.
No. The reason we are prohibiting everyone from using irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers is the BCRUA water treatment plant will be taken offline for this repair.
The repair will require the BCRUA plant to be taken offline. Repairs are anticipated to be complete by October 4. The City will share repair updates on the City website and social media accounts, as well as with the local news media – and the City will be certain to let everyone know when the BCRUA Plant is back online.
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Yes, we have notified HOAs and HOA Property Managers of these restrictions, not only so that they are aware of the impact to residents but also to have them turn off all irrigation of HOA common areas at this time.
Yes. The City of Cedar Park has turned off all of its outdoor irrigation systems at all City-owned parks and other City facilities, is not using hose-end sprinklers, and is closely monitoring its own water use. The City has also halted the installation of any new sod at City parks and facilities during this time.
Yes. With no use of irrigation systems or hose-end sprinklers we can meet demand.
It is a complex, large-scale, underwater repair. It took time to assess the situation and options for the repair with the least impact on water customers. The area where the line is leaking is deep underwater in Lake Travis. It requires special equipment, supplies and expertise to repair the line. This is all currently being mobilized to deploy and begin repairing the line as quickly as possible. We will keep you updated on the progress of the repair.
Cedar Park’s sole water source is Lake Travis. The Cedar Park Water Treatment Plant typically supplies 80% of Cedar Park’s water and the BCRUA plant typically supplies about 20% of Cedar Park’s water. However, during the repair of the BCRUA line, we are relying solely on the Cedar Park Water Treatment Plant to supply 100% of Cedar Park’s drinking water.
The water restrictions are being actively enforced. The administrative violation fee structure, per City Ordinance 18.08.013, is:
View City Ordinance 18.08.013
The City has a hotline you can call at 512-401-5308, or you may submit a report online using our Report It! program.
The BCRUA is a partnership. Each member city has a different response based on their water system. The BCRUA is Cedar Park's secondary water treatment plant and typically supplies about 20% of Cedar Park’s water.