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 2022 CIP program totals $582.8 million and is summarized in the table below.


2022 Capital Improvement Program
Core Business Area 2022 Funding
Water Delivery $162,362,206
Wastewater $196,380,356
Water Supply $218,131,222
Chilled Water $5,923,904

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The overall funding split for the 2022 water production and delivery and the wastewater collection and treatment program is 87.9% repairs and replacements and 12.1% additional capacity to support new growth and development.

Water Supply

The 2022 Water Supply program totals $215 million and includes $184 million for deployment of the ConnectH2O Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system, and $22.9 million for improvements to the Randolph Pump Station.

Water Delivery

The 2022 Water Delivery program totals $162.4 million for production facilities upgrades, replacements and expansion as well as water main replacements. The Water Delivery CIP also includes $25.3 million for improvements primarily for generators at six different pump stations to improve the resiliency of the Water Delivery system during extreme weather events. Overall, the total level of CIP investment in Water Delivery infrastructure for 2022 is 31% higher than SAWS average annual investment in Water Delivery infrastructure over the last five years.


The 2022 Wastewater program totals $196.4 million. The single largest wastewater project is the Mitchell Lake Constructed Wetlands and Dam Spillway Modifications Project ($72 million) which will address U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements to build a constructed wetland below Mitchell Lake to achieve compliance with permitted effluent limitations. The Wastewater CIP amount also includes $51.9 million, or 26.4%, to support the rehabilitation and replacement of wastewater mains identified through the SAWS Sanitary Sewer Overflow Reduction Program (SSORP). These projects have been prioritized and scheduled to meet the requirements of SAWS Consent Decree with the federal government. The single largest of the SSORP projects in 2022 is the Small and Large Diameter Condition Remedial Measures project at a cost of $15.8 million.

2022 SAWS Mid-Year Capital Improvement Program Outlook


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