This project will connect to the Capitol Complex Reclaimed Water Main.
Austin Water will begin the second phase of extending reclaimed water into downtown Austin this month. This project will connect to the Capitol Complex Reclaimed Water Main project already under construction.
The project—called the Main to Junction 420—will extend from West Ave. adjacent to Austin Community College (ACC) Rio Grande Campus to south of Lady Bird Lake at Auditorium Shores. And will include 8,500 ft. of reclaimed mains (see attached map).
All proprieties along the route of the transmission main will have the opportunity to connect to the main and obtain reclaimed water service. Properties currently preparing for reclaimed water service include ACC Rio Grande Campus, Republic Square Park, IBC Bank, the new Central Library, Green Redevelopment and Seaholm Redevelopment.
Reclaimed water is highly purified wastewater that is ordinarily discharged to the Colorado River. The Utility takes some of the water, stores it in tanks and pumps it to customers for non-drinking uses such as irrigation, cooling, toilet flushing and manufacturing. Using reclaimed water conserves the drinking water supply. The reclaimed water system currently has more than 50 miles of mains and pumped 1.2 billion gallons of reclaimed water in 2015.
The cost of this segment of the Capitol Main construction is $4.9 million dollars, and is a Capital Improvement Project approved by City Council in 2016.
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