Round Rock City Council approved an agreement and contract in partnership with the city of Georgetown regarding a regional pipeline project during a Sept. 22 meeting.

Under consideration were interlocal agreements for the engineering, design and construction of a 36-inch water line that is the first piece of an eventual project to link Williamson County to water supplied by the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, about 50 miles east of Round Rock.

This particular line will run parallel to Chandler Road along the north right of way from SH 130 to FM 1660. Michael Thane, Round Rock Utilities Department director, stated that the project is not expected to cause any closures of the thoroughfare.

In August, the county designated $14 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds for the two cities to use toward the project. The interlocal agreement approved by council outlines how each city will be reimbursed using these funds, stating that each city will front 50% of costs.

An engineering contract for a total of $996,700 was won by CDM Smith Inc. The city of Round Rock's portion totals $498,385 and will be paid through the city's self-financed water construction fund before it is reimbursed by the county.