by Adolfo Pesquera
Cedar Park (Williamson County) — The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved a Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority request Thursday for a $194 million, multi-year financial package that will be used to expand its water transmission capacity over the next six years.
The Brushy Creek authority (BCRUA) provides the raw water supply, through a regional partnership, to the cities of Cedar Park, Leander and Round Rock.
BCRUA requested the financing for the construction of Phase 1D and Phase 2 of its regional water system. The proposed Phase 1D expansion of its water treatment plant will increase capacity from 32.5 million gallons per day (MGD) to approximately 42 MGD through the addition of a new treatment train.
The proposed Phase 2, a new deep water raw water intake from Lake Travis in the vicinity of the Village of Volente and transmission delivery system, will have an ultimate capacity of 145 MGD. The Walker Partners/Freese & Nichols Inc. Joint Venture has been working on the Phase 2 Raw Water Delivery System design phase.
The loan arrangement will release funds over a three-year period. There will be a Series 2021 loan from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas of $115,310,000. The Series 2022 commitment is for $40 million, and the Series 2023 commitment is for $39,090,000.
Today’s $194 million state water board commitment will be combined with local 2021 matches of $81,764,000 from the municipal partners. Combined with TWDB assistance from prior years, the total project cost is $490,919,000.
According to the budget summary, the construction subtotal portion of the financing from 2021 allocations is $221,390,000.
The design phase, which was financed through previous TWDB commitments, is scheduled to be complete Aug. 31. The closing date for this additional financial package is Nov. 16, 2021.
Construction on Phase 1D is expected to begin April 30, 2022. The projects would be completed by May 31, 2027.
The budget includes environmental activities associated with this portion of the regional project. This is to address necessary coordination pertaining to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit and to address potential tree mitigation costs should trees be removed during project construction.
VBX previously reported on this project in an April 26 article when the Cedar Park City Council approved its participation in a loan application submitted by the BCRUA.
VBX Project ID 2021-2E06