San Antonio Water System embarks on $200M Resiliency Initiatives Project
The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) launched its Resiliency Initiatives Project on April 7 to support the resilience of its infrastructure during events impacting the electric grid, such as the February 2021 winter storm.
SAWS will host a non-mandatory pre-submittal meeting at 2:30 p.m. April 20 for interested engineering firms. The selected firm(s) shall provide engineering services entailing planning, engineering evaluations, studies, reports, preliminary engineering, design, bid, construction, start-up, commissioning, and overall project management services for the design and construction of the Resiliency Initiatives Project.
Anticipated services will include project management and coordination, electrical, instrumentation and controls, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), civil, mechanical, HVAC, structural, architectural, surveying, permitting, geotechnical engineering, subsurface utility engineering, preliminary engineering, design, scheduling, cost estimating, construction management, and other services as necessary for the project.
To follow its mandated emergency preparedness plan, SAWS must demonstrate its ability to provide emergency operation of its water system during an extended power outage, at a minimum water pressure of 20 pounds per square inch, or at a water pressure level approved by the state, as soon as safe and practicable following the occurrence of a natural disaster.
The scope of this project includes:
- Implementation of resiliency measures across select facilities.
- Individual facility connected loads range from approximately 50 kilovolt-amperes to 13 megavolt-amperes.
- Evaluate and recommend means for expedited equipment procurement and construction project implementation strategies.
- Improvements to existing facilities as required to facilitate their coordinated operation under all modes of facility operation (local, automatic, remote, etc.) with the proposed resiliency measures.
- Communication system design for SCADA and other remote telemetry needs as required for the project.
Work on the project is scheduled to begin in June. Land acquisition is to be determined. Construction costs are estimated at $200 million.