SAWS News: SAWS Announces Finalists for Major Long-Term Water Project
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SAWS Announces Finalists for Major Long-Term Water Project

San Antonio Water System has narrowed its search for a long-term water supply to four proposals it received last July in response to a Request for Competitive Sealed Proposals (RFCSP).

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An exhaustive evaluation of nine separate proposals resulted in four of the projects being deemed responsive to the utility's request. Each proposal was analyzed to determine overall responsiveness and qualifications utilizing pre-determined criteria, including ownership and control of water, proposed solution for delivery, price, financial strength, project management and quality control/assurance.

"We look forward to posing some final questions about these projects and interviewing responsive teams to dig deeper into their proposals," stated Robert R. Puente, President/CEO of SAWS. "We expect to know as much as we can about each proposal before embarking on such a major commitment on behalf of our ratepayers."

Representatives of the responsive entities were notified of their status this week. The four proposals deemed responsive were submitted by:

  • Abengoa (with Blue Water Systems)
  • Dimmit Utility Water Supply Corporation
  • Oscar Renda Contracting
  • V. V. Water Company, L.L.C.

The final steps of the RFCSP process will be conducted in conjunction with an update of the SAWS Water Management Plan. SAWS expects to update the Plan by this summer to include recent critical factors such as the integration of BexarMet, the demands of the EARIP Plan, and 2010 Census data.

Through the rigorous RFCSP process, SAWS hopes to add further to the city’s diverse water supplies and help achieve its goal of diversified supply for San Antonio.

Recent non-Edwards supply highlights in San Antonio include an agreement signed in 2011 with the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation to "rent" available capacity in its pipeline to bring water from the Carrizo Aquifer in Gonzales County to San Antonio. The Regional Carrizo project is expected to bring water for about 60,000 households beginning in late 2013.

In addition, SAWS has begun drilling wells for a desalination plant that will produce 10.5 million gallons of water per day by 2016 from the Wilcox Aquifer in southern Bexar County. Ultimately, the plant will provide 25 million gallons per day by 2026 or sooner.

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