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Leander, Cedar Park affected by underwater leak in pipeline that brings water from Lake Travis

Officials are asking customers to conserve water.
Credit: John Gusky, KVUE
John Gusky, KVUE

TEXAS, USA — Leander and Cedar Park officials are urging residents to conserve water while an underwater leak is repaired.

On Thursday afternoon, Leander officials reported that a leak was discovered by the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority in the 36-in raw water pipeline previously repaired in 2021. That's the pipeline that brings raw water from Lake Travis to the BCRUA water treatment facility for use by residents. 

The leak is diverting about a million gallons of water from within the lake a day, which is 3% of the total pipe capacity. The City said water officials are conducting additional underwater assessments this week to confirm pipeline stability and will determine how to repair it within a month to a month and a half. 

For now, the City of Leander is asking residents to continue following Phase 2 water conservation, which is once-a-week watering. Residents are also asked to minimize nonessential water uses.

The leak is also impacting Cedar Park. The regional facility serves as Cedar Park's secondary water source and provides about 20% of Cedar Park's overall water use.

Cedar Park officials said the City has a secure water supply and is confident indoor use will not be impacted. However, residents should expect additional outdoor watering restrictions during the repair.

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