Until further notice, all outdoor watering is prohibited beginning immediately for City of Leander residents and water customers during repairs to a section of the BCRUA pipeline. This ban includes handheld watering in addition to all irrigation systems.

How can Leander residents help?

  • Delay installation of new landscaping until the completion of repairs
  • Turn off all irrigation systems
  • Help spread awareness of the outdoor watering ban

Read this Press Release from the City of Leander for more information:

Read the press release from the City of Leander on their website using this link or you can find the press release copied below:

https://www.leandertx.gov/publicworks/page/phase-4-water-conservation-effect

Press Release from the City of Leander:

During ongoing underwater inspections by the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (BCRUA) on Aug. 8, contractors discovered a new leak in the section of 36-inch raw water pipeline previously repaired in 2021. The pipeline supplies raw water from Lake Travis into the BCRUA water treatment facility, which is Leander’s primary source for treated drinking water.

à View a message from Mayor Christine DeLisle

BCRUA pipeline repair work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 21, and may last 10-14 days. During this time, the BCRUA water treatment plant will be out of service and Leander’s water treatment capacity will be reduced by more than 50 percent from 25 to 9 million gallons per day. In July, average Leander water use was about 18 million gallons per day.

All outdoor watering is prohibited

In preparation for reduced capacity, the City of Leander has initiated Phase 4 conservation measures, which prohibits all outdoor watering. Leander water customers should turn off irrigation system completely and limit other nonessential uses until further notice. Hand-held watering is also prohibited. City officials will monitor overall water demand each day in an effort to reduce citywide use to no more than 9 million gallons per day prior to and during the BCRUA pipeline repair.

Additional Phase 4 actions

Starting today, the city will:

  • Turn off irrigation systems at all public parks and city facilities
  • Turn off all commercial irrigation systems
  • Discontinue water main and line flushing unless necessary for public health, safety, and welfare
  • Delay acceptance and approval of pool permit applications
  • Strongly encourage delay of landscape installation or related building activities which may require nonessential water uses

Starting Monday, Sept. 19, the city will:

  • Close the Lakewood and Bledsoe park splash pads
  • Prohibit all water connections for construction-related activities
  • Delay new water meter installations

How else can residents help?

If you are a Leander water customer, encourage others to turn off irrigation systems completely until BCRUA pipeline repairs are complete. Leander’s largest water demands come from residential and commercial irrigation system uses during hot, dry temperatures. For example, average summer use is about 18-19 million gallons per day while average winter use is 7-8 million gallons per day.

Residents should also report water violations to the city’s Code Enforcement division as soon as possible. We will attempt to communicate Phase 4 measures will first-time violators before issuing citations.

How will customers be notified?

Customers should follow this page, as well as city accounts on Facebook and Twitter, for additional water conservation updates. City officials also will post Phase 4 signage along rights-of-way and other public areas to notify the public about Phase 4 conservation. Customers are encouraged to opt-in to receive local emergency notifications by registering at WarnCentralTexas.org. In addition to conservation messages, critical community alerts may include natural disasters, weather warnings, evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.

About BCRUA

The BCRUA is a partnership of the cities of Cedar Park, Leander, and Round Rock. BCRUA was created to develop a regional system for treating and distributing water from Lower Colorado River Authority sources. read more

*** This message is for City of Leander residents and water customers only. If you live in Cedar Park or Round Rock, contact your respective city for more information. ***

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