City of Round Rock receives Outstanding Municipal Utility Award
Texas Municipal Utility Association honors city utility
The City of Round Rock has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Texas Municipal Utility Association Outstanding Municipal Utility Award. The award was announced at the TMUA conference on Jan. 27 in Fredericksburg.
Each year, TMUA honors a municipal utility system with active members in TMUA that meets one of the following requirements:
- Is widely recognized as a leader in the municipal utility industry
- Has enhanced the prestige of all municipal utility systems
- Has made a measurable improvement to customer services
- Has developed innovative solutions to any utility problem
“It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers, and we are especially pleased to be recognized for innovation for both long-range and operational projects,” City Manager Steve Norwood said. “Our regional water project addresses the No. 1 problem faced by utilities in Texas: how best to secure long-term, affordable, reliable water supplies. What makes it really special is that we developed a solution that successfully involves partner cities. And our pipeline repair program allows us to perform critical system maintenance with as little disruption to residents as possible.”
The City of Round Rock was selected because of two projects that developed innovative solutions within the City’s utility.
- The City of Round Rock along with the Cities of Cedar Park and Leander created the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority, a partnership among the three cities to design and construct a regional water system that will eventually supply 106 million gallons per day of potable water to the Cities. All three cities will ultimately need water from Lake Travis, and this regional project will provide the facilities to access, treat and deliver this water to their customers. The concept of building one system together rather than the three cities building three separate water supply projects, including three pipelines, three intakes and three treatment plants, was the more practical solution. By working together and coordinating all aspects of the project, the rate payers from all three cities will benefit. The project is on schedule and is planned to be operational June 1, 2012. This project will help to ensure that the City of Round Rock’s future water supply is secure and ultimate demand will be met.
- Several years ago, Round Rock staff attended an Underground Construction Technology Conference, where they were introduced to pre-chlorinated pipe bursting, a trenchless process used to replace existing water mains. Since this process had not been used in Texas, a significant amount of time was needed in education and project design. The decision process began by walking through the history of pre-chlorinated pipe bursting, followed by a discussion of engineering, design and construction considerations. Lastly, a review of the regulatory guidelines for pre-chlorination took place as well as checking on case studies and references from other states around the nation. After a cost analysis was performed, it was determined this method was the best choice. For the past three years, the City has been systematically replacing asbestos-cement pipe by the pre-chlorinated pipe bursting method. This program has been very successful and the amount of time that the customers are out of water is very minimal.
Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2012