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 2020 CIP program totals $608.9 million and is summarized in the table below.


2020 Capital Improvement Program
Core Business Area 2020 Funding
Water Delivery $94,770,086
Wastewater $412,676,097
Water Supply $100,174,361
Chilled Water $1,255,800

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The overall funding split for the 2020 water production and delivery and the wastewater collection and treatment program is 78% repairs and replacements and 22% additional capacity to support new growth and development.

Water Supply

The 2020 Water Supply program totals $100.1 million and includes $93.4 million for Phase 2 of the Water Resources Integration Program (WRIP), which completes the pump station and pipeline infrastructure necessary to expand the WRIP’s water delivery capacity from the current 45 million gallons per day (MGD) to 75 MGD.  This phase also provides a means for an additional recharge of up to 35 MGD of Edwards Aquifer water into the Aquifer Storage and Recovery facility.

Water Delivery

The 2020 Water Delivery program totals $94.8 million for production facilities upgrades, replacements and expansion as well as water main replacement.   The level of investment in Water Delivery infrastructure for 2020 remains consistent (0.4% higher) with the SAWS average annual investment in Water Delivery infrastructure over the last five years.


The 2020 Wastewater program totals $412.7 million and represents the largest single year investment in SAWS wastewater infrastructure.  The vast majority of the 2020 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 to meet the requirements of SAWS Consent Decree with the federal government.  The single largest of the SSORP projects in 2020 is the W-6 Upper Segment Highway 90 to S.W. Military Drive Sewer Main project at $217.9 million.  The project involves replacing the existing sewer infrastructure that currently runs through Lackland Air Force Base.  The new infrastructure will be built around the base.

Chilled Water

The 2020 Chilled Water program totals $1.3 million and includes a $1.1 million project that will replace and upsize the aging chilled water pipeline along the South Alamo Street right of way.