Planning for San Antonio’s Water Future

Long-term planning (2040 – 2070) requires SAWS to make water supply and water use projections based on the best information available today.

SAWS will continue to evaluate new technology and new information such as population growth, water demand and the changing water regulatory setting with an eye toward securing our water future.

Like with all plans, there are sometimes unforeseen factors. Even developing our full slate of planned projects, it’s possible that there could be up to 101,000 acre-feet of permitted supply gap (when estimated demand exceeds the estimated supply) in the worst year of a future drought of record event that would need to be addressed.

Some conceptual solutions to address that supply gap include:

  • Ocean desalination
  • Expansion of brackish groundwater desalination
  • Additional ASR capacity or ASR operations
  • New future conservation paradigms
  • Future regional water project(s) (RFCSP)