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Leander prohibits all outdoor watering due to upcoming pipeline repair

Leander, Texas (KXAN) – The city of Leander has banned all outdoor watering starting Thursday as it prepares for the impending restoration of raw water lines, according to a city statement.

During an inspection by the Brushy Creek Regional Utilities Authority early last month, contractors found new leaks in parts of the line repaired last year, the city said. This line carries raw water from Lake Travis to the BCRUA Water Treatment Facility, the city’s main source of drinking water.

The city said work on the line would begin Sept. 21 and could take about 10 to 14 days. The City of Cedar Park will also put similar water restrictions in place through Sept. 21, but the BCRUA plant only supplies about 20 percent of Cedar Park’s total daily water usage.

During the maintenance period, the plant will be out of service. According to the city, Leander’s water treatment capacity will be reduced by more than 50%, from 25 million gallons per day to 9 million gallons per day. In July, Leander’s water consumption was about 18 million gallons per day.

watering restrictions

Leander Water customers should completely shut down their irrigation systems until repairs to the pipe are complete and limit other non-essential water use until further notice. Hand watering is also prohibited, the city said. The city explained that the greatest water needs come from residential and commercial irrigation systems used in hot, dry temperatures.

Officials will monitor water usage daily and hope to reduce citywide water usage to a maximum of 9 million gallons per day before and during line repairs.

The city explained that the outdoor watering ban is part of the Phase 4 protections, which go into effect Thursday. Other Phase 4 actions in New York include:

  • Shut down irrigation systems in all city parks and facilities
  • Shut down all commercial irrigation systems
  • Stop flushing water lines and pipes unless necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the public
  • Delay in accepting and approving pool permit applications
  • Delays in landscape installations or related construction activities are strongly encouraged, which may require
    non-essential water

Residents are encouraged to report water violations to municipalities Leander City Law Enforcement. The City will first attempt to serve notice of early Phase 4 violations before issuing a subpoena.

other measures

Beginning Monday, September 19, the City will take additional measures during repair week, including:

  • Closure of credenzas at Lakewood and Bledsoe parks
  • Prohibition of water connections for all building-related activities
  • Postponement of the installation of new meters

For updates, Leander Water customers can monitor this Online Public Works Page. Notices will also be posted on Leander City’s social media accounts.

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