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Firm Water Use

Customers such as municipalities, industries and temporary water users in the LCRA water service area must secure a firm water supply contract from LCRA to use water from the Highland Lakes or lower Colorado River. Firm water is available even during a severe drought.

House Bill 1437 authorizes LCRA to also provide raw water to some entities in Williamson County. The supply of firm water under LCRA’s water right 14-5434, as amended, is subject to terms of the Garwood Purchase Agreement.

Contracts

Municipal, industrial and large-scale irrigation use

LCRA’s rate for firm water used is $145 an acre-foot per year. LCRA’s rate for firm water reserved for future use is $72.50 an acre-foot per year. The reservation fee helps pay the cost of storing and managing reserved water supplies. The total amount of water under contract with LCRA sets the Maximum Annual Quantity (MAQ). LCRA’s rate for use in excess of the MAQ – known as the “firm water inverted block fee” – is $290 an acre-foot per year.

LCRA municipal, industrial and large-scale irrigation water use customers are required to develop a water conservation plan and implement a drought contingency plan. LCRA must approve the plans before a water sale contract is executed.

Landscape irrigation and recreation use

LCRA offers long-term landscape irrigation and recreation contracts to property owner associations, parks and commercial properties. The contracts are for up to 10 years and up to 20 acre-feet per year. LCRA’s rate for landscape irrigation and recreation use is $145 an acre-foot per year.

Landscape irrigation and recreation use water customers are required to develop a water conservation plan and a drought contingency plan. LCRA must approve the plans before a water sale contract is executed.

Temporary raw water use

LCRA offers temporary water contracts for up to 10 acre-feet per year for up to three years. LCRA’s rate for temporary raw water use is $145 an acre-foot per year. There is a different contract and application process for temporary contracts for more than 10 acre-feet per year or longer than three years – see landscape irrigation and recreation use.

LCRA requires its temporary raw water use customers to implement a drought contingency plan. LCRA must approve the plan before a water sale contract is executed.