Photo/rendering of San Antonio Vista Ridge Regional Water Supply Project

San Antonio Vista Ridge Regional Water Supply Project

Hawkins represented SAWS as lead counsel in the structuring and negotiation of the water transmission and purchase agreement and related project and security agreements for SAWS’ $3 billion Vista Ridge Regional Water Supply Project (a design-build-finance-operate-maintain public-private partnership). The raw groundwater well and transmission pipeline project will provide San Antonio with up to 50,000 acre feet per year of Carrizo-Wilcox and Simsboro aquifer water from wells located 142 miles northeast in Burleson County for 30 years following the completion of construction. The project will be the largest non-Edwards Aquifer supply of water in San Antonio’s history and is the first large scale water sector P3 in Texas. Our water infrastructure attorneys are also representing SAWS on a companion water system improvements project designed to receive and distribute Vista Ridge water, being procured on a progressive design-build basis.

Client San Antonio Water System (SAWS)
Role Owner’s Lead Counsel
Distinction First Large Scale Water Sector P3 Project in Texas
Delivery Method Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (P3)
Project Size 50,000 AFY
Capital Cost $900 Million
Contract Value $3 Billion
Contract Term 30 Years
Contract Counterparties Vista Ridge LLC (Garney Construction)
Awards Project Finance International North American Deal of the Year, Global Water Intelligence Water Deal of the Year and P3 Bulletin Best Utilities Project of the Year Gold Medal