Contracting Provisions to Delay Capital Expenditures and Extend the Use of Available Water Supplies

by J. Tom Ray, Brazos River Authority, United States,
R. Anne Smith, Brazos River Authority, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management

Abstract: A contractual means has been established of assuring equitable use of available water supply by the regional participants in the Williamson County Raw Water Line Project. A contract between the Brazos River Authority and each participant provides for optimal use of water supply in the existing Lake Georgetown. The construction of a raw water pipeline to transfer supplies to Lake Georgetown from another reservoir when its available supplies are exhausted is another major feature of the contract. This paper discusses provisions of this contract that allow the joint use of surplus water supply among the participants. This joint use allows pipeline construction to be delayed until absolutely necessary. Construction delays will defer capital expenditures until the customer base has increased, thus decreasing the cost per connection.

Subject Headings: Water pipelines | Contracts | Water resources | Water use | Lakes | Assets

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