SAWS officials say they’ll be ready to take the water when it starts flowing in 2020, regardless of the outcome of a lawsuit with a construction contractor that has threatened to hold up a portion of the project.
The San Antonio Water System faces another hurdle for its Vista Ridge pipeline, one that could leave its customers on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars per day in water the utility can’t receive.
Once financial close documents are signed, construction can begin on the 142-mile pipeline that could deliver up to 16.3 million gallons of water to SAWS customers per year starting in 2020.
The San Antonio Water System board on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure that lets Garney Construction, a Missouri-based construction firm, take over control and 80% equity of the Vista Ridge water pipeline project from financially-troubled Abengoa Vista Ridge, a subsidiary of Spanish energy giant Abengoa Sociedad Anónima that filed for bankruptcy in March.
There are several hoops Garney Construction will have to jump through before San Antonio Water System’s executive team would consider recommending that its board approves of the Missouri-based construction firm taking over the Vista Ridge water pipeline, officials said during a public meeting about the water pipeline project Tuesday night.
Executives from Garney Construction and Abengoa Vista Ridge listened to a presentation given to the SAWS board of trustees on Tuesday which laid out next steps for the Kansas City-based construction firm’s acquisition of 80% of the Vista Ridge water pipeline project.
Missouri-based Garney Construction is now the owner of the Vista Ridge water pipeline project after attorneys representing the construction firm, former owner Abengoa Vista Ridge, and other partners came to an agreement on Tuesday afternoon.