The Brazos River Authority works with state and federal
authorities to monitor the quality of Brazos River basin
surface water while providing clean, potable drinking water
as well as wastewater services to the people of the Brazos basin.
Water and Wastewater Treatment
The BRA owns and operates a regional potable water treatment
system in East Williamson County and operates wastewater
treatment plants for several communities across the Brazos basin.
These plants are upgraded regularly to ensure their treatment systems
meet the latest in treatment technology to meet both state and federal
standards. Over the years they 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.
Texas Clean Rivers Program
For more than 20 years, the BRA has participated in the Texas
Clean River Program (CRP) by collecting water quality data from
sites in reservoirs, creeks and streams across the river basin.
Currently, the BRA monitors more than 100 sites, sending the data
collected to the TCEQ as part of the program. The state compiles
this information and forwards it to the EPA as part of Texas’
fulfillment of the federal Clean Waters Act.
The Brazos basin CRP data is available to the public on the BRA
website. In addition, the BRA works with a CRP steering committee
composed of interested individuals and stakeholders that provide
input on the program’s direction and issues that deserve special
attention. Further, the agency coordinates with local stakeholders
to develop and implement a watershed protection plan when a water
quality concern is found in a particular area.
Watershed Protection Plans
The BRA works with federal, state, and local officials as well
as interested stakeholders to maintain and improve watershed areas
with specific impairments with the common goal of improving water for the community.