Water Control & Improvement District 10 continues to move forward with construction projects that voters approved in a 2015 bond vote, including projects aimed at making area waterlines more robust, according to district documents.
WCID 10 customers include the city of West Lake Hills (which constitutes about half of the territory covered by the district) as well as the neighborhoods of Westwood, Rolling Hills West, Knollwood, Westlake Highlands, Sundown Parkway, Camelot and the original Rob Roy Ranch.
Here are updates on six WCID 10 projects:
- The Bee Cave Road project continues with new waterline installation complete from Red Bud Trail to Buckeye Trail. Continuation of waterline installation should soon start from Buckeye Trail eastward to Westlake Drive. Upon completion, the new line will continue all the way to Bulian Lane.
2. Phase 1 of a new pump station is underway with completion anticipated in fall 2019.
3. New waterline installation for Old Stonehedge Street is complete with the exception of paving.
4. A portion of Red Bud Trail from Old Stonehedge Street south to Flintridge Road is under construction and has received 3,435 of the approximate 5,839 linear feet of new waterline.
5. Skyline Drive and Nob Hill Circle waterline installation is also underway, and approximately 1,700 of 5,065 linear feet of new waterline there has been installed. The contractor began on Nob Hill Circle and will move on to Skyline Drive (between Nob Hill and Red Bud Trail) and finally onto Red Bud Trail (from Skyline to Old Stonehedge).
6. Circle Ridge Drive, the next project to commence, is expected to start construction March 1. The project will consist of 2,575 linear feet of new 8-inch waterline. Contract time allotted for the project is 180 days.
For the 5,000-acre area of western Travis County served by the WCID 10, it is critical to have water delivery system able to suppress house fires and to prevent house fires from becoming wildfires, according to the district.
“Over half of the District’s 80+ miles of distribution pipes are 6-inches in diameter. All of the 6-inch lines were approved by the City of Austin and were the then-standard,” according to the district. “The bond improvements program will add 8-inch and 12-inch water lines serving several neighborhoods, and a new 16-inch trunk-transmission line along Bee Cave Road, concurrent with the Texas Department of Transportation’s widening project. These system improvements will approximately double WCID 10 system water flows for the protection of our community.”