Photo/rendering of San Antonio  Brackish Groundwater Desalination Project

San Antonio Brackish Groundwater Desalination Project

SAWS undertook one of the first major water projects under new legislation in Texas authorizing municipal water utilities to use alternative project delivery methods, a 12 mgd brackish groundwater treatment facility and conveyance system. Hawkins served as special counsel to SAWS for the project. In that capacity, our firm commented extensively on the new legislation, helped structure the water rights agreements and counseled SAWS on various available procurement options. CMAR was ultimately selected. Our responsibilities also included assistance with RFEI, RFQ and RFP development and drafting and negotiating both the program management (design engineering) and construction-manager-at-risk contracts for the project.

Client San Antonio Water System (SAWS)
Role Owner's Lead Counsel
Distinction Groundbreaking Desalination Project Under New Texas Alternative Project Deilvery Legislation
Delivery Method Construction-Manager-at-Risk (CMAR)
Project Size 12 MGD
Capital Cost $85 Million
Contract Term 4 Years
Contract Counterparties Black & Veatch, Zachry Construction and Parsons