Williamson County, Texas, designates $72.5 million for water infrastructure improvements

(UC) — Williamson County, Texas, officials will use most of its federal Coronavirus relief money to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in various cities, Community Impact reported.

About $72.5 million out of the $114 million the county received in American Rescue Plan Act funding will pay for 15 projects, the article states.

The projects include at least two pipelines: the City of Hutto will build a “modern, environmentally friendly” wastewater line to a wastewater treatment plant, and the cities of Round Rock and Georgetown will build a new water line. The project in Hutto should transition residents and businesses to the new wastewater line instead of a septic system, Community Impact reported.

“Today is a historic day in Williamson County,” County Judge Bill Gravell said at commissioners’ court meeting this week, according to the article. “Providing water resources to our residents must be a top priority.”

Other projects include replacing infrastructure to intake water from Lake Travis, which should benefit Round Rock, Leander and Cedar Park, and some are yet to be determined, the article states. The American Rescue Act requires the projects to be under contract by 2024 and constructed by the end of 2026.  

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