Vista Ridge Project
In 2014, the SAWS Board of Trustees and San Antonio City Council approved what is now the largest non-Edwards Aquifer water supply project in our region’s history.
The Vista Ridge Pipeline project consists of a 142-mile pipeline that parallels the I-35 corridor delivering water from wells in Burleson County and supplying water to over 200,000 households in San Antonio. Approximately 70 percent of the water is produced from wells in the Simsboro Aquifer while the remaining 30 percent of the water is produced from Carrizo Aquifer wells.
This project is a first-of-its-kind partnership in Texas which merges the strengths of public utility and private industry. SAWS has a contract with Vista Ridge LLC (VR) to purchase up to 50,000 acre-feet per year of Simsboro and Carrizo Aquifer groundwater, which will help meet about 20 percent of SAWS’ demand.
In addition to the construction of the Vista Ridge pipeline, SAWS has constructed the infrastructure needed to integrate the water to the rest of the system at the Agua Vista site in Northern Bexar County. The facility conditions and treats approximately 48 million gallons per day of water to match Edwards Aquifer water quality. This supply came online in April 2020.
Vista Ridge will provide a drought proof supply and represents a major achievement for our community in water supply diversification.
The Regional Carrizo project delivers up to 13 million gallons per day from western Gonzales County, approximately 50 miles east of San Antonio.Learn More
Firm yield – The volume of water which can be produced from a defined source during a repeat of the drought of record under existing regulatory, legal, contractual, hydrological or infrastructure constraints
1 acre-foot per year = 325,851 gallons