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SAWS To Pay Groundwater District $75,000 To Settle Probe Over Vista Ridge Flushing

SAWS to pay groundwater district $75,000 to settle probe over Vista Ridge flushing

The San Antonio Water System will pay $75,000 to resolve an investigation by a rural groundwater district into discharges of high-priced water down a Northside creek last year. In April 2020, the San Antonio Report published an investigation detailing SAWS’ discharges of water from its Vista Ridge pipeline, a $2.8 billion water supply line capable of delivering 16.3 billion gallons of water from aquifers below Burleson and Milam counties, east of Austin. Read more from Brendan Gibbons with The San…

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San Antonio Water System Denies Claims By Central Texas Water District That Vista Ridge Water Was Wasted In Bexar County

San Antonio Water System denies claims by Central Texas water district that Vista Ridge water was wasted in Bexar County

A Central Texas groundwater conservation district that oversees pumping of water through a 142-mile pipeline has voiced concern about potential “waste” by the San Antonio Water System. But SAWS officials maintain the roughly 580 million gallons discharged into local creek beds from mid-April to June 12 was put to “beneficial use” for testing and flushing of water mains and other equipment for the massive Vista Ridge pipeline, which began operating this year. Read more from Scott Huddleston with San Antonio…

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Groundwater District Vows To Investigate Vista Ridge Water Waste

Groundwater District vows to investigate Vista Ridge water waste

A rural groundwater district that regulates the pumping of aquifers used for the San Antonio Water System’s Vista Ridge pipeline is investigating whether the flushing of Vista Ridge water down a San Antonio creek meets the legal definition of waste. At their July 16 meeting, all 10 board members of the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District unanimously voted to investigate whether the private companies that hold pumping permits violated the district’s rules and state water codes meant to stop…

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New Vista Ridge Pipeline Water Could Delay Start Of Water Restrictions

New Vista Ridge pipeline water could delay start of water restrictions

"Because we are using less of the Edwards’ water, that maybe takes some stress off the Edwards. Maybe it drops less quickly," Gus says. "And maybe we’re a little less likely to hit the trigger. It does help us out in that regard." That's what aquifer officials hope occurs. The 142-mile pipeline from Burleson County, is supposed to supply 20 percent of the area's water needs. Cost of the project has been pegged at nearly $3 billion. Read more from…

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SAWS Flushing Half Of Vista Ridge Water As Cost Overrun Nears $80M

SAWS flushing half of Vista Ridge water as cost overrun nears $80M

The San Antonio Water System is flushing some of the most expensive water in Texas down a Northside creek as it struggles to finish a connection pipeline that has run nearly $80 million over early cost estimates. Originally set to be finished in mid-April, construction on an underground pipeline to connect Vista Ridge’s endpoint to the main SAWS system south of Loop 1604 now won’t be finished until July, SAWS Chief Operating Officer Steve Clouse said at the utility’s June…

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Kinder Morgan Crew Punctures Vista Ridge Water Pipeline

Kinder Morgan crew punctures Vista Ridge water pipeline

A crew working on an energy pipeline punctured the Vista Ridge water pipeline in Caldwell County Thursday while digging in the area, said a San Antonio Water System official. The crew members were working on the Permian Highway Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline for Kinder Morgan, a Houston energy infrastructure company. The Vista Ridge pipeline pumps in water to San Antonio from underground aquifers just northeast of Austin. Read more from Jackie Wang with The Rivard Report here.

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SAWS Bills Could Rise Less Than Planned For Vista Ridge Due To Developer Fees

SAWS bills could rise less than planned for Vista Ridge due to developer fees

San Antonio Water System officials say they are planning on seeking a lower rate increase in 2020 than the nearly 10 percent originally approved by City Council to pay for the Vista Ridge pipeline project, though they have not said how much lower. Gavino Ramos, SAWS’ vice president of communications and external affairs, made the statement about a smaller rate hike in 2020 in response to questions from the Rivard Report following a key vote by SAWS’ Capital Improvements Advisory Committee, which recommends…

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Canadian Utility Company EPCOR Tapped To Operate SAWS’ Vista Ridge Pipeline

Canadian utility company EPCOR tapped to operate SAWS’ Vista Ridge Pipeline

A utility owned by the Canadian city of Edmonton has been chosen to operate the San Antonio Water System’s Vista Ridge pipeline, creating a business relationship that will last at least 30 years. SAWS’ board of trustees on Tuesday passed a resolution consenting to EPCOR Services, a division of EPCOR Utilities, as the operating service provider for Vista Ridge. Stretching from Burleson County to San Antonio, the 142-mile water pipeline that can deliver up to 16.3 billion gallons per year…

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SAWS Says Bid Dispute Won’t Stop Flow Of Vista Ridge Water

SAWS says bid dispute won’t stop flow of Vista Ridge water

On a former ranch property near an elementary school in Stone Oak, the largest water tank ever built by the San Antonio Water System is under construction. The tank is approximately 81 feet tall and big enough to hold 10 million gallons, according to SAWS Vice President of Engineering and Construction Andrea Beymer. That’s enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools. “This is where they’ll hand off water from one water system to another water system,” said Lilliana Gonzalez, a…

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SAWS Closes On Financial Deal For Vista Ridge Pipeline Project

SAWS closes on financial deal for Vista Ridge pipeline project

The San Antonio Water System announced Thursday that the city-owned water system has closed the financial portion of the Vista Ridge Pipeline Project. With the financial closure construction is set to begin in February. Garney Construction is the lead builder of the pipeline, which will deliver water to San Antonio from Burleson County. Construction is expected to wrap up in 2020. Garney will own the pipeline for the first 30 years with SAWS taking over ownership for another three decades…

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