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 chilled water requirements in the SAWS service area. It also prioritizes and schedules projects for funding and execution through a multi-year plan.

The CIP supports four core businesses: Water Supply, Water Delivery, Wastewater and Chilled Water. Water Supply CIP consists of projects to develop long term water supplies from surface and groundwater sources, including any transmission pipelines required to deliver these water supplies to SAWS service area. Water Delivery provides for the expansion, improvement and replacement of infrastructure required to produce and deliver water to the customer while wastewater CIP focuses on infrastructure for the collection and treatment of wastewater. Chilled Water CIP provides for the expansion, improvement and replacement of infrastructure required to generate and deliver chilled water to customers in the downtown and Port San Antonio areas.

The 2019 CIP program totals $377.3 million and is summarized below:


2019 Capital Improvement Program
Core Business Area 2019 Funding
Water Delivery $108,165,716
Wastewater $200,180,690
Water Supply $68,795,120
Chilled Water $125,000

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The overall funding split for the 2019 water production and delivery and the wastewater collection and treatment program is 77% repairs and replacements and 23% additional capacity to support new growth and development.

The majority of SAWS’ CIP projects provide for routine, ongoing expenditures for major repair or replacement of infrastructure. Projects that are typically “one time” in nature and involve the development of a new water supply, the construction of new water production or wastewater treatment facilities or the acquisition of new technology that enhances service delivery could be considered significant non-routine capital expenditures.

Water Supply

The 2019 Water Supply program totals $68.8 million and includes $52.4 million for the final phase of the Central Water Integration Pipeline (CWIP) project. Once completed, this project will integrate and distribute the Vista Ridge water supply with the SAWS water transmission and distribution system beginning in 2020.

Water Delivery

The 2019 Water Delivery program totals $108.2 million for production facilities upgrades, replacements and expansion as well as water main replacement. The level of investment in Water Delivery infrastructure for 2019 is 20% higher than SAWS average annual investment in Water Delivery infrastructure over the last five years.


The 2019 Wastewater program totals $200.2 million and represents the largest single year investment in SAWS wastewater infrastructure. The vast majority of the 2019 Wastewater program focuses on the rehabilitation and replacement of wastewater mains identified through the SAWS Sanitary Sewer Overflow Reduction Program (SSORP). These projects have been prioritized and scheduled over the next five years to meet the requirements of SAWS Consent Decree with the federal government.

Chilled Water

The 2019 Chilled Water program totals $0.1 million and represents capitalized support to chilled water projects.