Water Quality

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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 feature 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 by clicking here. 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.