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Water Control and Improvement District No. 17 (WCID No. 17) is a non-profit public utility providing quality water and wastewater service to customers in the Lake Travis South area along RR 620 in West Travis County from FM 2222 to Highway 71 West. The Board of Directors and Staff are committed to supplying the best possible drinking water to our customers. We live and work here, we are your neighbors, we proudly drink the water and our families do as well.

Hours and Location

The District’s main office is located just off RR 620 on Eck Lane, approximately 300 feet south of the Hudson Bend Road intersection. Office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, except posted holidays.

History

Travis County Water Control and Improvement District No. 17 (WCID No. 17) was created in 1959 by order of the Travis County Commissioner’s Court, Texas, and confirmed by the voters within the initial District boundaries on February 28, 1959. The District is located west of the City of Austin in Travis County, Texas, and at creation encompassed approximately 4,500 acres of land around its’ current Administrative location.

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Subsequent annexations, including the annexation of the Steiner Ranch Defined Area in 1987, the Comanche Trail Defined Area in 1994, the Flintrock Falls Defined Area in 2000 and the Serene Hills Defined Area in 2008 have increased the service area to approximately 15,000 acres. Approximately 9,399 acres within the District, including all of the Steiner Ranch Defined Area, lie wholly within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Austin, Texas. The remaining incorporated acreage lies within the extraterritorial jurisdictions of the cities of Lakeway and Bee Cave.

Mansfield Dam is a dam located across a canyon at Marshall Ford on the Colorado River, Austin, Texas. The groundbreaking ceremony occurred on February 19, 1937. The dam was a joint project by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and the United States Bureau of Reclamation, with partial funding provided by the Public Works Administration. The dam was completed in 1941. Originally called Marshall Ford Dam, the name was changed in 1941 to Mansfield Dam in honor of United States Representative J.J. Mansfield.

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WCID No.17 responds to increased demands by committing its resources in an orderly, disciplined effort to meet service commitments.  “WCID No. 17’s longevity is a testament to its commitment to provide the Lake Travis South area with a reliable water supply and to ensure the environmentally responsible development of water resources and wastewater facilities,” says Board President Jeff Roberts.  “We take great pride in the district’s many accomplishments over the years and we hope to contribute to the community for years to come.”

WCID No. 17 customers are fortunate because we enjoy an exceptionally clean surface water supply from Lake Travis.  The Colorado River watershed that feeds Lake Travis reaches many miles upstream, passing through agricultural fields as well as urban areas.

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Colonel Homer Trimble was the District’s first engineer, designing the Eck Lane Facility for water treatment in 1960.

 

Photos: Courtesy of LCRA Corporate Archives

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