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SAWS builds desalination plant
City, state, and San Antonio Water System officials broke ground July 2 on what will become the largest inland desalination plant in the country. Construction is beginning on the plant, which will desalinate groundwater from deep in the Wilcox Aquifer in southern Bexar County.
San Antonio’s new desalination plant, which opens in 2016, will produce 12 million gallons per day, creating water for an additional 40,000 families. Additional phases to the plant are scheduled for 2021 and 2026. When complete, the plant will produce 30 million gallons per day and be the largest inland desalination plant in the nation.
Desalination pushes the salty water through reverse osmosis membranes with holes that are 100,000 times smaller than a human hair, removing 97 percent of the salts and minerals in the water.
Once treated, the water will taste the same as Edwards Aquifer water and will be blended with water in the rest of the SAWS system. A major water pipeline will be built to help deliver the water from southern Bexar County to the western part of the city.
The construction of Phase 1 of the project will be managed by Zachry/Parsons, who will be responsible for building the plant on time and within budget. Cost for Phase 1 of the project will be $192.7 million. Total cost of all three phases will be $411 million. As the project is part of the State Water Plan, SAWS has accessed more than $100 million in low interest loans from the Texas Water Development Board to help offset some of these costs.
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