Pipeline Construction Progresses to Bring Regional Carrizo Water to S.A.
Before the Regional Carrizo Program can begin delivering a new water source to the city in late 2013, an 11 mile-plus pipeline crossing several cities must be constructed to make it a reality.
That pipeline construction is currently underway in Schertz and neighboring municipalities to bring water from western Gonzales County to supply 60,000 San Antonio homes. Construction began in June of this year in the City of Schertz where the pipeline will connect to the new Schertz Parkway Pump Station.
Part of the Regional Carrizo Program, the pipeline project will be capable of transporting up to 22.5 million gallons per day of water. The program will help diversify San Antonio's water supply and further reduce dependence on the Edwards Aquifer.
The pipeline consists of approximately 11 1/2 miles of 36-inch steel water transmission pipe.
"It will transport water from the new Gonzales well field, currently under construction, as well as any water acquired through our agreement with the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation" said Graduate Engineer II Sean Reich, project manager for the project.
"The pipeline will cross more than 60 parcels of land through the cities of Schertz, Selma, Live Oak and the City of San Antonio before terminating at the SAWS Nacogdoches pump station in northeast San Antonio," Reich said.
Instead of building a new pipeline all the way from Gonzales County through Seguin to Schertz, SAWS will essentially rent available capacity in an existing pipeline owned and operated by the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation. In addition to the 11,688 acre-feet per year that SAWS is permitted to pump from the Gonzales well field, up to 5,550 acre-feet per year of additional supply will be available through purchase agreements with other utilities, for a total supply to San Antonio of up to 17,238 acre-feet per year.
The Water Delivery Pipeline Project will be substantially complete in August 2013.
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