Ullrich Water Treatment Plant
Sound Propagation Study Modeling Report
The Ullrich Water Treatment Plant Site Sound Propagation Study Modeling Report is available to review and download at this link.
Basin Cleaning Update
Crews are completing cleaning of Basin 7 this week and will begin work on Basin 6 next week - the week of Oct. 23. Equipment will be placed on the north side of the basin to minimize sound to neighbors. No weekend/holiday work or work outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays is anticipated.
Ullrich Vegetation Management Update
Thank you to neighbors who sent comments on the proposed vegetation management strategies for the Austin Water property at 812 Rocky River Rd. Austin Water developed the recommendations as a measure to reduce the risk of wildfire spreading to homes adjacent to the plant.
We recognize that there are competing values in keeping the lot dense for screening purposes and clearing vegetation for wildfire risk mitigation. Keeping the competing values in mind, Austin Water sought community input on the three proposed recommendations as an important step before making a final decision to move forward.
We received feedback from a neighbor indicating opposition to the measures and a preference to maintain the vegetation for protection against sound, vibration, visual, and light pollution. We also heard that the mow strip and shaded fuel break were considered excessive and unnecessary. A neighbor also asked about the wooden fence recently installed and whether it increased fire risk.
In response to community feedback, and with the agreement of City of West Lake Hills City Administrator, Austin Water will only move forward with one action item: the removal of downed limbs/trees on the buffer lot. We also will keep vegetation mowed around the wooden fence to lessen any fire risk.
A contractor will be onsite over the coming weeks to remove downed trees and limbs. They will haul the materials off site. We expect this work to be completed quickly.
Thank you for your input. We appreciate the ongoing dialogue on issues important to neighbors and the water treatment plant.
About Ullrich Water Treatment Plant
The Ullrich Water Treatment Plant was built in 1969 and has a rated design treatment capacity of 167 million gallons per day (MGD). The plant is a conventional lime softening design, with up-flow solids contact reactor type clarifiers, gravity filters, clear well storage, and has raw water and finished water pumping stations. The plant has undergone a number of expansions and renovations over the years. It was expanded to its current treatment capacity in 2006. Ullrich Water Treatment Plant is one of three water treatment plants serving Austin Water customers, and it is the largest in treatment capacity.
Learn more at Austin Water.
Travis County Water District 10
The Water District is located in western Travis County. The District includes the City of West Lake Hills and the major subdivisions of Westwood, Rolling Hills West, Knollwood, Westlake Highlands, Sundown Parkway, Camelot and the original Rob Roy Ranch.
Overall, the District covers an area of approximately 5,000 acres, and has about 3,000 residential and business accounts comprised of about 10,000 people. Water for the service area is provided wholesale by Austin Water (City of Austin) and retailed to customers through WCID 10.
For more information, visit Travis County Water District 10.