Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 635.3'
12/12/14 - Official

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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Landscape Watering
Last Digit of Address Watering Day
0 or 1 Monday
2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday
No Watering on Weekends

Stage 2:
Water On Your Day

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day as determined by your address.

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Infrastructure

Capital Improvement Program

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a planning and budgeting tool that provides information about SAWS' infrastructure needs.It identifies requirements for sustaining, restoring and modernizing the facilities and infrastructure that support water supply and delivery, wastewater collection and treatment, and heating and cooling requirements in the SAWS service area. It also prioritizes and schedules the projects for funding and implementation through a multi-year plan.

The CIP supports four core business areas: heating and cooling, water delivery, wastewater and water resources. The proposed 2014 program totals $391 million.


Core Business Area Approximate Funding
Heating and Cooling $2,837,500
Water Delivery $87,554,342
Wastewater $140,117,473
Water Supply $160,690,984
A complete look at the program budget with planned award quarter information can be found in the SAWS CIP Program Plan or DSP CIP Program Plan (Adobe PDF).

The Heating and Cooling Program is self-funded through revenues it generates from customers. The Water Supply Program, which includes the development of long-term water supplies from surface and alternative groundwater sources, is funded through the water supply fee. The Water Delivery/Wastewater CIP includes projects that expand, improve and replace infrastructure required to generate, deliver, collect and treat water and wastewater and is funded through bonds, revenues and impact fees.

The 2014 program was developed using a refined prioritization process started in 2006. Projects generated by the SAWS CIP stakeholder groups were reviewed and scored by a CIP planning group consisting of vice presidents, directors and managers. The scoring process resulted in a risk assessment that prioritized necessary projects for each core business. In addition to the risk assessment scoring, the prioritization of projects included project coordination, savings to the annual Operations and Maintenance budget, improved customer service, regulatory mandates, criticality, priority in relation to other projects and availability of funds.

The proposed CIP projects were totaled by dollar amount, compared to the long-term funding strategy, and final selections were made by SAWS Executive Management Team and approved by SAWS Board of Trustees.

A special emphasis in the 2014 CIP is an expanded Sanitary Sewer Improvements program. This program is designed to reduce sanitary sewer overflows through visual inspection, cleaning, and repairing or replacing aging and defective sewer mains. The program will increase capacity in certain outfalls and fix or eliminate lift stations that could contribute to sanitary sewer overflows. $71.9 million of the 2014 wastewater program is budgeted specifically for the Sanitary Sewer Improvements Program. This program will adhere to the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency's Consent Decree.

Another critical project for the 2014 program is Phase 1 of the Water Resources Integration Pipeline and Pump Stations project. This project that was identified in the 2012 Water Management Plan, and will have the capacity to transport 50 million gallons per day of new water supplies being developed at Twin Oaks (Brackish Groundwater Desalination Facility, Local Carrizo, Expanded Carrizo, and stored Edwards Aquifer water) to the SAWS distribution system.

The proposed 2014 CIP includes SAWS highest priority capital projects.

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