Austin ties to massive San Antonio water project

Nov 3, 2014
Austin Business Journal

San Antonio's City Council voted to approve a new contract between San Antonio Water System and the Vista Ridge Consortium on Thursday

Through this project, SAWS will buy 16.3 billion gallons water from the Carrizo and Simsboro aquifers, located to the north of Austin, over the next 30 years. The price tag on the project is $3.4 billion. The Vista Ridge Consortium is made up of Spanish-based Abengoa and Austin-based Blue Water Inc., according to the San Antonio Current

"Today we approved securing the largest non-Edwards Aquifer supply in our city's history. We gave two thumbs up to business, economic development and job growth in San Antonio," City Councilman Joe Krier said in a news release. "This new long-term supply of water is for the children and grandchildren of those who live here today. The Vista Ridge Pipeline is a game-changing, historic deal that will improve the quality of life for all our citizens for decades to come."

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