SAWS: Vista Ridge Pipeline - Open and Transparent Negotiations Continue on Vista Ridge Pipeline Deal
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The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Vista Ridge Pipeline Project

July 18, 2014

Open and Transparent Negotiations Continue on Vista Ridge Pipeline Deal

The second negotiation meeting with the Vista Ridge Consortium took place July 15 in front of more than a dozen public guests, including citizens, city council aides and the news media.

Led by two SAWS trustees, the CEO, and three senior vice presidents, important components of a future agreement with Vista Ridge were raised, and both sides agreed to further discuss numerous details of the agreement. Among them:

  • SAWS' ability to exclusively explore discussions with other partners along the pipeline route who may want to buy water from SAWS or rent pipeline capacity to move their own water. These types of partnerships could help defray project costs to ratepayers;
  • The potential to add turbines in the pipeline that could generate power from the flow of water to help defray energy costs;
  • The capability of the project to provide different flow rates in order to accommodate seasonal variations of customer demand;
  • The capability of the project to deliver water at the higher elevations of San Antonio in order to utilize gravity and make the distribution of water to the whole city more efficient;
  • And, confirmation that all physical assets of the project revert to SAWS at the end of the 30-year agreement.

SAWS' focus continues to be an agreement that is beneficial to the community. A long-term water supply project at an agreeable price will provide the security of knowing San Antonio's economic future and quality of life will not be held back because of a lack of water.

The next negotiation session is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 at 7 a.m.