The city of Bee Cave entered into an agreement with the West Travis County Public Utility Agency for a reclaimed water irrigation project at Bee Cave Central Park, after City Council approval at a Feb. 13 meeting.

In a nutshell

Bee Cave City Council unanimously approved of the agreement with the WTCPUA, which would allow for the city’s reclaimed water irrigation project at Central Park to be installed by the WTCPUA. In turn, the city would provide disposal areas for the WTCPUA, according to city officials.

City Manager Clint Garza said the city has been discussing the reclaimed water irrigation project at Central Park for a number of years, and the agreement lays out what the project might look like if the city partnered with the WTCPUA.

The details

Bee Cave Parks and Facilities staff have had difficulty with the existing groundwater source irrigation system at Central Park, and the WTCPUA is in the process of identifying disposal areas for treated effluent—sewage or liquid waste, according to city documents.

The WTCPUA will pay for and install a subsurface area drip dispersal system within a mutually agreed upon area in alignment with the Parks Master Plan in Central Park per the agreement, according to city documents.

The city will not pay for installation, irrigation water or charge the WTCPUA for the leased area; however, the city will be responsible for maintaining the infrastructure required for irrigation, according to city documents.

What else?

City Council also updated the WTCPUA’s water irrigation policy at the Feb. 13 meeting.

The adopted resolution allows for the issuance of temporary water meters for irrigation purposes, which will be limited to a one-year time period, to support commercial plat development. The resolution also recommends planting activities to be scheduled between October and March, due to lower water demand and optimal plant growth, according to city documents.