$5 Million Granted to Joint Base San Antonio to Resolve Critical Water Needs

Contributed by: PumpScout Staff

Five million dollars in grant money has been awarded to Joint Base San Antonio, under the command of Brigadier General Robert D. LaBrutta, to help resolve critical water issues. The funds will provide additional support in vital resources which will ensure that the military bases in the area can continue to serve local and national needs.

Multiple water projects are planned to be built by San Antonio Water System (SAWS). Water will be brought to various military bases through infrastructure improvements. These improvements will provide resource security to previous installations that are currently facing acute water challenges.

Projects include running water supply lines and setting up interconnects at multiple locations. A broad base of stakeholders are supporting the project including the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and many more, including Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

"The projects will be done over the next two years and will remove any doubt that water should be a factor in decisions about the future of our military missions," President and CEO Robert R. Puente says about the latest developments.

The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) will manage the project along with SAWS and JBSA.

"This is truly a community and statewide effort, including the Governor and the TMPC Commissioners, and I could not think of a more exciting mission than to help secure our bases' military missions," notes Diane Rath, Executive Director of AACOG.  "This couldn't have been done without our state and local community partners, and this is truly a regional project that will be beneficial for communities throughout our surrounding counties."

The new improvements will solidify San Antonio’s reputation for being one of the most resourceful cities in the United States when it comes to water management. Since 1992, the San Antonio Water System has been a leader in innovative water management strategies. It provides water and wastewater services to more than 1.6 million consumers throughout the region.

Source: Modern Pumping Today

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