Editorial: Flawed Vista Ridge project doesn’t make sense
In February 2014, San Antonio Water System CEO Robert Puente informed us that SAWS would not pursue the Abengoa Vista Ridge water supply project, or AVR, because the project was too risky. He was quoted as saying: “Groundwater law in Texas leaves too much uncertainty and risk for the private and public sectors.” Instead, SAWS recommended the phased-in expansion of their brackish groundwater desalination to provide additional supply.
Within days, SAWS backtracked, announcing it would work with Abengoa to find a “solution” to the risk that the water needed to pay for the project would not be available. Ultimately, a solution was arrived at and a contract signed in which Abengoa accepted 100 percent of the risk and liability for the construction, financing and operation of the pipeline.