Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Projects
The first of three projects in Phase 1 was publicly bid on Sept. 15, 2021, with the low bid coming in $430,000 under budget at $4.9 million.
The first project is anticipated to be awarded to the contractor by Hutto City Council at the Oct. 21, 2021, Council meeting, construction being completed by October 2022. Also, the second and third projects are scheduled to be publicly bid in March 2022.
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Phase 1 of the Hutto Water Supply Project began in 2021 and is expected to be completed by approximately June 2023. The project is estimated to cost $17.1 million, funded by bonds as well as existing fee income. The purpose of the project is to develop the City’s own water sources and move closer to becoming water self-reliant. The work will entail significant improvements to the local water distribution system, including new or improved waterlines, valves, pumps, wells, tanks, and inlets. An Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR) Well will be built, which is the first of its kind in Williamson County. This sustainable technology will store water pumped from the City’s Heart of Texas (HOT) Well field aquifers to another aquifer located directly under the City—the Trinity Aquifer— during times of low demand. This will help ensure Hutto has plenty of water when the community needs it most, like summer. An additional part of the project is a study to update the City’s water and wastewater rates, taking into account the anticipated revenue which will be received from recently updated water/wastewater developer impact fees.
The City may decide to potentially continue the Water Supply Project past 2023, as follows:
- Phase 2: (2024) Build three more aquifer wells, expand pumping stations, and replace ground storage tanks, for an estimated cost of $15.1 million.
- Phase 3: (Complete by 2034) Build a second ASR well, a production well, and a brackish water treatment plant, and discontinue wholesale water supply projects.
PICTURED: Frameswitch Pumping Station site, where an Aquifer Storage & Recovery Well and pumping station improvements will be constructed starting in March 2022.