LCRA breaks ground on major $250M water supply reservoir project
The Lower Colorado River Authority has broken ground on a new $250-million water supply reservoir near Lane City, Texas. When completed in 2017, the near 40,000-acre-foot reservoir constructed off the main channel of the Colorado River will help secure water sources for the region.
DENVER, CO. Dec. 22, 2014 -- On Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) broke ground on a new $250-million water supply reservoir near Lane City, Texas. When completed in 2017, the near 40,000-acre-foot (13-billion-gallon) reservoir constructed off the main channel of the Colorado River will help secure water sources for the drought-prone Texas region.
LCRA in April 2013 awarded CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, program management, and operations firm, a contract for the design of the reservoir and pump station, as well as the rehabilitation and upgrade of the intakes, along with associated conveyance to and from the reservoir (see "CH2M HILL selected for $206M LCRA Lower Basin Reservoir Project"). The contract also includes assessment and rehabilitation of a low-head dam on the river, downstream from the project.
The Lane City Reservoir Project is the region's first significant new water supply reservoir in decades. With capacity greater than lakes Marble Falls, Austin, and Lady Bird on the Colorado River combined, the reservoir will enable LCRA to store significant amounts of water near the Texas Gulf Coast and add an estimated 90,000 acre-feet to LCRA's annual water supply, even during periods of drought.
Accordingly, the reservoir will reduce the need to release water from the region's main water storage reservoirs upstream, Lakes Travis and Buchanan, which currently provide water for more than 1 million people in Central Texas, as well as businesses, industries and agricultural users.
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