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Beginning in the early 1970s, the Brazos River Authority pioneered the development of regional wastewater systems. Today, the BRA operates wastewater systems for the cities of Temple/Belton, Round Rock/Cedar Park/Austin, Hutto, Sugar Land, and Clute/Richwood.
The BRA owns and operates one regional water treatment system, the East Williamson County Regional Water System. In 2004, the BRA purchased the City of Taylor's water treatment
plant, immediately implementing plans for a $17.5 million expansion that would allow the plant to serve as a regional treatment plant.
In addition to the regional plant, the BRA contracts to provide potable water to the Sandy Creek Water
Treatment Plant in Leander.
Over the years, the BRA's plants have received numerous awards from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recognizing the excellence of their operations, maintenance, and design.
In addition to treatment and technical assistance, the Authority is involved in several other areas including managing construction projects, industrial
pre-treatment programs and providing construction inspection services.