The City of Round Rock (City) will hold a public meeting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, Administration Building to discuss a proposed project to provide up to 10,000 acre-feet per year (af/yr), or 8.9 million gallons per day (MGD), of treated wastewater effluent (reuse water) to a variety of customers in the City. The meeting will be an open house format during which time the public may view information and discuss the project with City staff and their engineering and environmental consultant staff.
There is a large potential for reuse water use north of Old Settlers Park, in an area around the Higher Education Center. This project would be implemented in order to offset a projected long-term water supply deficit, as identified in the City‚Äôs 2007 Water Distribution System Master Plan Update. The following three components would be included in this project:
- Improvements at the Brushy Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (Plant) that allow production of treated wastewater effluent that complies with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements.
- Construction of pumping facilities at the plant to pressurize the water so it can be conveyed to reuse customers.
- Construction of pipelines and appurtenances to convey and adequately deliver reclaimed water from the plant to reuse customers.
Current average water demand of the City is approximately 22,000 af/yr or 20 MGD. By 2050, the average demand will increase to approximately 58,000 af/yr or 52 MGD. The City‚Äôs current raw water supply consists of surface water from Lake Georgetown and Lake Stillhouse Hollow, as well as groundwater from the Edwards Aquifer. The City also has a contract for water from Lake Travis, although conveyance facilities have not been constructed. Overall, water supplies are expected to provide 51,000 af/yr, or 47 MGD, in 2050, thereby creating a water supply deficit of 7,000 af/yr, or 6.3 MGD. The proposed project would alleviate this potable water deficit by providing up to 10,000 af/yr, or 8.9 MGD, of reuse water to customers in the City for irrigation purposes.
The proposed project will be funded by the City and by grant funds provided by the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation). Because Federal funds are being used for the project, an environmental review must be conducted, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended.
The main purpose of this review is to document potential environmental impacts in a way that is transparent to the public. To this end, a public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2009 to discuss the proposed project and to solicit input from the public. The meeting will be held at the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, Administration Building located at 3939 East Palm Valley Blvd. Round Rock, Texas 78664. It will be an open-house format, so that attendees may come and go from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, during which time the public may view information and discuss the project with City staff and their engineering and environmental consultant staff.
Please contact Christy Justice at 512-671-2755 with the City for anyone needing special accommodations and/or interpreter services during the public meeting at least 3 days prior to the meeting date.