Ground broken for 32-Mile Sewer Pipeline
San Antonio Water System broke ground November 5 on a major sewer pipeline that will stretch more than 30 miles along the Medina River, linking far west and southern San Antonio to the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center. Funded through a unique public-private partnership, the pipeline is an important part of SAWS Capital Improvement Plan.
This project is an example of ratepayer dollars at work in our community. In a move that will open up new development in the far south and west portions of the county, the Southwest Bexar Sewer Pipeline will provide a backbone for wastewater service in this area, ultimately capable of providing service to over a quarter of a million people. In addition, the project will result in cost savings in other areas for ratepayers by eliminating at least 10 lift stations, reducing costs for upgrades and maintenance, as well as eliminate the need to expand other SAWS treatment facilities.
"With a sophisticated, scheduled approach, SAWS is working to prevent costly emergency repairs by upgrading and maintaining existing pipes while providing the infrastructure needed to support our growing community," said Robert R. Puente, SAWS President/CEO. "The Southwest Bexar Sewer Pipeline will ensure that the far west and southern parts of our county can continue to grow by providing the necessary infrastructure for residents and businesses moving into the area."
The Southwest Bexar Sewer Pipeline will be constructed at a total cost of about $124 million in six different segments over the next several years, with construction on the entire line expected to be completed in 2013. The project includes 32 miles of large diameter sewer pipe, ranging from 24 inches to 96 inches in diameter, or eight feet.
SAWS has more than 10,000 miles of water and sewer mains under more than 550 square miles of service area, enough pipe to reach from San Antonio to Madagascar.
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