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Outdoor watering can now resume in Cedar Park

Repairs to a BCRUA pipeline remain ongoing.

CEDAR PARK, Texas — Ongoing repairs to an underwater pipeline coming from Lake Travis have allowed for water restrictions to ease up in Cedar Park.

Cedar Park water customers were previously prohibited from using sprinklers or irrigation systems for outdoor watering due to a growing underwater leak.

As of Oct. 3, Cedar Park will return to its two-designated-days-per-week mandatory outdoor water restrictions. Those are as follows:

  • Odd residential addresses (ending in 1, 3,5, 7 or 9): Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Even residential addresses (ending in 2, 4, 6, 8 or 0): Thursdays and Sundays
  • Commercial addresses (including HOA common areas and apartment complexes): Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Irrigation hours: before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

RELATED: City of Leander officially enters Phase 4 water restrictions due to pipeline leak, future repairs

The Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority, the regional water authority that Cedar Park is a member of, previously scheduled a critical repair for its underwater raw intake pipeline in Lake Travis. 

The initial restrictions were set to go into effect on Sept. 21 but were implemented on Friday, Sept. 9, due to the growing leak. The restrictions required all members to not use irrigation systems or hose-end sprinklers for outdoor watering during that time period.

During this repair, only hand-watering with a water hose and a nozzle that cuts off when you are not gripping was allowed. Additionally, Cedar Park will only have one water treatment plant located within the city, impacting the amount of water residents can use. The city has a secure water supply and was confident that indoor water use would not be impacted. 

RELATED: 4.5 million gallons of wastewater leaks into Brushy Creek

Although Cedar Park is a member of BCRUA, the prohibition of outdoor watering during the time period only affects residents within Cedar Park city limits. Residents in other member cities are encouraged to refer to their city's response.

Residents are encouraged to call the hotline, 512-401-5308, to report outdoor water use violations. Alternatively, residents can report them online.

The City of Cedar Park has water-saving tips, information on rebates and resources on its website for those interested in how to manage their water use during this time.

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