A 23-mile water pipeline extension in San Antonio has been given the Project of the Year award by the U.S. Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI). The Regional Carrizo Project cost the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) about $149 million to complete and was constructed with the intention to provide water to 60,000 households, in a bid to allow the local water system to catch up with growing water demand. San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States in terms of population.
About 90% of the area's water is currently provided from the Edwards Aquifer, but after completion of the pipeline the city will be able to use the Carrizo Aquifer, located about 50 miles away. The maximum capacity of the new pipeline is 13 million gallons of water per day that will be carried from the aquifer to an integration point in northeast San Antonio and will feed into the city water distribution system, the PPI explained.
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Tony Radoszewski, executive director of the PPI, said that the pipeline was the biggest high-density polyethylene (HDPE) project of its kind in North America. It includes 22,000 feet of pipe ranging from 18 to 36 inches in diameter, he noted.