LCRA, PEC award $24,515 grant for water tank to aid firefighting efforts
New rainwater catchment system will support first responders in Burnet, Blanco counties
Dec. 7, 2022
The Community Development Partnership program, along with $16,780 in matching funds from the canine rescue, will provide a vital source of water for fighting fires in an area that does not have access to municipal water or fire hydrants.
During a recent wildfire, members of the community were evacuated when firefighting efforts were limited because of a lack of nearby water resources.
“We just watched as it kept growing and growing – and it got huge,” said Brittany Osbourn, executive director of Highland Lakes Canine Rescue. “When the firefighters arrived, we found out they had to go out and find water to combat it. It made us realize instantaneously how dangerous it is and how important a project like this is.”
Highland Lakes Canine Rescue worked closely with local emergency service departments to ensure the water tank’s design, size, location and accessibility could be used by local firefighters. The rescue’s facility has room for large vehicles to come in and out, and is in a part of Marble Falls that has limited traffic and is easily accessible by several fire departments, including Horseshoe Bay, Burnet and Granite Shoals. A manager also lives on-site and can make sure firefighters have access.
The surface area of the facility’s kennel building roof can collect more than 100,000 gallons of rainwater per year, potentially filling the 29,173-gallon tank more than three times over.
“This is peace of mind for our community,” Osbourn said. “If we have another fire, there’s always going to be water.”
The community grant is one of 46 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Pedernales Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.
Founded in 1938 by then-Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson, Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc. is a member-owned electric cooperative serving more than 380,000 accounts across Central Texas. An industry-recognized leader providing outstanding member service and reliable electricity, PEC conducts its business via a transparent and democratic process and highly encourages member participation.