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Pipe Creek Fire Doubles Water Storage Capacity with LCRA and Bandera Electric Grant

Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department is set to enhance its firefighting capabilities thanks to a generous grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and Bandera Electric Cooperative. With an $8,760 grant secured, the department will significantly increase its water storage capacity, crucial for battling fires effectively.

This grant, coupled with $2,500 in matching funds from the VFD, will facilitate the acquisition and installation of two new 3,400-gallon concrete water storage tanks. The department's existing tanks, both over 30 years old, have been plagued by leaks since Winter Storm Uri in 2021 and worsened during the freezing temperatures of January 2024.

Chief Rory Henrich emphasized the importance of the additional water supply, especially amidst ongoing drought conditions and the increasing water demands of firefighting. The new tanks, effectively doubling the department's current storage capacity, will bolster their ability to respond promptly and efficiently to fires in Pipe Creek and surrounding areas.

Plans to repair the older tanks are underway, but during this process, they will be out of service, making the new tanks indispensable. With a total storage capacity of 11,800 gallons post-repairs, the department will be better equipped to handle emergencies, particularly in hot, dry weather and with the expansion of residential developments in their service area.

Henrich highlighted the current challenges faced by firefighters due to limited water storage, often requiring assistance from neighboring departments or seeking alternative water sources. The new tanks will alleviate these constraints, reducing dependence on external aid during emergencies.

Anticipated to be operational by the peak of summer, the acquisition of these tanks marks a significant milestone for the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department. The grant is part of LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program, which aims to support various community initiatives, including volunteer fire departments, as part of its commitment to the regions it serves.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in July. More information is available at

About LCRA
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.

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