SAWS http://tpr.org en The Source: SAWS Negotiates Big Deal For Piped-In Water http://tpr.org/post/source-saws-negotiates-big-deal-piped-water <p>Last week the San Antonio Water System trustees approved a deal to begin negotiations to pipe in 50,000 acre feet of water from the Bastrop area with the Vista Ridge Consortium.</p><p>The deal would increase the city's water supply by more than 20%. The cost per acre foot is expected to be more than twice that of Edwards Aquifer supplies and slightly more than that of the forthcoming desalinization plant.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:25:23 +0000 Paul Flahive 34750 at http://tpr.org The Source: SAWS Negotiates Big Deal For Piped-In Water SAWS Enters Negotiations For Water Pipeline http://tpr.org/post/saws-enters-negotiations-water-pipeline <p></p><p>The San Antonio Water System is entering into negotiations on a water plan that would supply <span style="line-height: 1.5;">one-fifth of the total water the city currently uses.</span></p><p>The proposal from the Vista Ridge Consortium selected by SAWS will allow the pumping of more than 50,000 acre feet of water per year out of the Carrizo and Simsboro Aquifers northeast of Austin in Burleson County.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:03:44 +0000 Joey Palacios 34500 at http://tpr.org SAWS Enters Negotiations For Water Pipeline SAWS' New Desalination Plant, By The Numbers http://tpr.org/post/saws-new-desalination-plant-numbers <p></p><p>San Antonio Water System's new desalination plant will come online in 2016. Wednesday, leaders with SAWS broke ground to officially kick-off the initiative that will purify salt water from the Wilcox Aquifer.</p><p>The salty aquifer is about two Tower of the Americas deep underground in Southern Bexar County. SAWS is building a plant that will clean all of that salt out so people can drink it. SAWS spokesperson Greg Flores said the ocean is about 20 times more salty, but it will still need to be purified.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:59:23 +0000 Ryan Loyd 34451 at http://tpr.org SAWS' New Desalination Plant, By The Numbers The Source: Where Should Burden For New Water Supply Be? http://tpr.org/post/source-where-should-burden-new-water-supply-be <p>More than 3 million people move to Texas every year and the need for new building to accommodate housing and jobs for some of those people requires more water and more infrastructure for water.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How we pay for some of that expansion has come under fire as the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has recommended doubling the amount of so-called impact fees on developers from $1,297 to $2,796. Impact fees are a one-time fee that pays for water and sewer infrastructure.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 16:03:10 +0000 Paul Flahive 31360 at http://tpr.org The Source: Where Should Burden For New Water Supply Be? The Source: Impacts Of Record-Setting Drought Restriction http://tpr.org/post/source-impacts-record-setting-drought-restriction <p>The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) imposed stage three water restrictions on April 10, the earliest in area history and only the fourth time ever for the "San Antonio pool." Despite summer being months away, residents are already being asked to restrict their water usage.</p><p>The EAA used the stage three restrictions for the first time ever <strike>last July &nbsp;</strike>in August of 2012, when the aquifer fell below the mandated 640 feet. All indications are that the drought will continue to get worse through the summer, but are people taking it seriously?</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:29:52 +0000 Paul Flahive 30916 at http://tpr.org The Source: Impacts Of Record-Setting Drought Restriction The Source: Dueling Plans & Shortfall Scares, San Antonio's Water Future http://tpr.org/post/source-dueling-plans-shortfall-scares-san-antonios-water-future <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A study paid for by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce details the </span><a href="http://tpr.org/post/link-between-long-term-water-needs-and-san-antonios-economic-future" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">impacts of water shortages </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on the city's future growth. Jobs, spending, migration are all affected drastically if the city continues to grow without making proper accommodations, argues the study.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:34:52 +0000 Paul Flahive 27621 at http://tpr.org The Source: Dueling Plans & Shortfall Scares, San Antonio's Water Future The Link Between Long-Term Water Needs And San Antonio's Economic Future http://tpr.org/post/link-between-long-term-water-needs-and-san-antonios-economic-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio Water System officials are in talks to find a supply of water in addition to the Edwards Aquifer to meet growth demands over the next few decades.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has joined the discussion with a new study, the Impact of Potential Water Shortages on San Antonio’s Economy, which </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">illustrates the link between long-term water needs and San Antonio’s economy.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:14:48 +0000 Eileen Pace 27547 at http://tpr.org The Link Between Long-Term Water Needs And San Antonio's Economic Future The Source: 'Paying Till It Hurts' | SAWS Water Plan For The Future Gets Pushback http://tpr.org/post/source-paying-till-it-hurts-saws-water-plan-future-gets-pushback <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year for the first time the federal government released </span><a href="https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a huge database</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> showing something staggering: A procedure that could cost $100,000 at one hospital cost under $10,000 at another down the road.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:24:44 +0000 Paul Flahive 26546 at http://tpr.org The Source: 'Paying Till It Hurts' | SAWS Water Plan For The Future Gets Pushback See The New SAWS-Briscoe Mural Celebrating San Antonio Water History http://tpr.org/post/see-new-saws-briscoe-mural-celebrating-san-antonio-water-history <p>The newest River Walk tile mural was unveiled on Tuesday morning and it celebrates the story of water in San Antonio.</p><p>"Contrary to popular belief, oil isn’t the lifeblood of this city, it’s water," said Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Executive Director Steven Karr. "So it’s an important story to tell." &nbsp;</p><p>To tell that story, the Briscoe collaborated with San Antonio Water Systems and artists from Dunis Studios and decided to continue a long-standing San Antonio tradition of creating and installing large tile murals along the River Walk.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:53:32 +0000 Jack Morgan 26357 at http://tpr.org See The New SAWS-Briscoe Mural Celebrating San Antonio Water History New Tile Mural Continues Long River Walk Tradition http://tpr.org/post/new-tile-mural-continues-long-river-walk-tradition <p>That water tank behind the Arneson River Theater stage marks San Antonio’s oldest pump station. Just to the west of it is the brand new Briscoe Museum. The area between them is the beautiful McNutt Courtyard.</p><p>As an entrance to the River Walk, it’s a prime place to carry on a San Antonio art tradition — a painted tile mural.</p><p>"It’s completely in the W.P.A. tradition," said tile expert and author Susan Toomey Frost talking about the Works Progress Administration tile murals installed as part of the old River Walk. She cites a long tradition.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:42:25 +0000 Jack Morgan 26254 at http://tpr.org New Tile Mural Continues Long River Walk Tradition