The city of Leander could enter higher water restrictions thanks to a pipeline leak

This water flows from the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority to Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Leander.

LEANDER, Texas— City Leander Residents may need to step up water protection.

A ruptured pipeline coming from Lake Travis has spilled about a million gallons of water a day since early August.

The water goes out of the Brushy Creek Regional Supply Authority (BCRUA) to Cedar Park, Round Rock and Leander.

“This pipeline has had some functional issues and we already have a plan and are working on replacing a large section of this subsea pipeline,” said Karen Bondy, general manager at BCRUA.

Leander City Council has agreed to a permanent solution. It is now under design and construction will not begin until next year. It should be finished by 2024.

In the meantime, they are working on a temporary fix that will start later this month.

“We cannot supply these cities from our water treatment plant. Each of these cities has its own water treatment plant,” Bondy said.

RELATED: Cedar Park residents will be banned from watering outdoors starting Sept. 21

At KVUE Daybreak on Wednesday morning, Leander’s Mayor Christine DeLisle spoke about what can help the city’s water supply.

“We’re asking residents to save, cut back on usage that they don’t absolutely need for just a couple of weeks, and just cut that down and keep it together,” DeLisle said. “We have no doubt that everyone will pull together and get through the repairs and we’ll be in a really good position on the other side,” she added.

DeLisle posted online about the repair Reddit. The post read: “During the repair we will completely dispense with the BCRUA system, which means that we will have to reduce water consumption to the winter. That means no irrigation systems. It really makes the difference between our summer and winter use.”

Leander city leaders told KVUE they will be releasing more information about the repair and what residents should know on Thursday morning.

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