- cultivating a culture of conservation;
- storing and recovering Edwards Aquifer water;
- investing in desalination technology;
- entering into partnerships with other municipalities; and
- in 2011, requesting proposals for a regional water supply project.
After a total of seven public negotiating meetings, the broad terms of the agreement are:
- Vista Ridge will build a pipeline from Burleson County to San Antonio.
- Vista Ridge will be responsible for acquiring the rights to 50,000 acre-feet of water annually from the Carrizo Aquifer and delivering it to San Antonio for 30 years.
- SAWS will pay only for water that is delivered.
- During the 30-year contract period, SAWS will be responsible for sharing some of the cost of operations and maintenance.
- SAWS will be committing to purchasing 50,000 acre-feet from Vista Ridge at a fixed cost per year.
- SAWS will retain ownership of the pipeline after 30 years.
Now that SAWS and Vista Ridge have finished their negotiations and the SAWS Board has approved the project, it’s time for the public to examine the project. What are your questions and concerns?I had the opportunity to join a distinguished panel at a forum hosted by the UTSA College of Public Policy to discuss the project. NOWCastSA recorded the conversation and you can view it here: