Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Selects Wet Infrastructure Engineering Firm MWH Global for Integrated Desalinated Water Treatment / Power Study

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MWH to assess feasibility of co-located desalination water treatment and power generation facilities serving South Central Texas.

MWH is proud to have the opportunity to further expand our wet infrastructure services in Texas by taking the reins on this important feasibility study. - Bruce Howard, President of Government and Infrastructure for MWH Americas

MWH Global, the wet infrastructure services sector leader and provider of strategic consulting, environmental engineering and construction services, was selected to conduct a feasibility study for the desalination of ocean water from the Gulf of Mexico as a regional water supply including the option of co-located power generation facilities. Pending the successful completion of the study, the planned development, more commonly known as an Integrated Water and Power Project (IWPP), could provide water for more than 350,000 homes and businesses in South Central Texas.

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and its partners, the General Land Office (GLO), and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), chose MWH from an original field of 16 teams representing 64 national and international firms. GBRA ultimately selected MWH as the result of the firm’s high rankings earned on comprehensive performance criteria.

"MWH is proud to have the opportunity to further expand our wet infrastructure services in Texas by taking the reins on this important feasibility study," said Bruce Howard, president of government and infrastructure for MWH Americas. "The results of this study will help shape how water and power are delivered across South Central Texas for the next several decades. MWH is pleased to put our long history of water planning and large infrastructure development to work for this project and residents who will benefit from the results."

Under the terms of the contract, MWH will consider and evaluate factors such as plant location, most effective and efficient water conveyance systems, fuel source, safe brine disposal and other environmental issues, economic issues and construction timelines. Ultimate water production capacity for the plant could be up to 250 million gallons per day, and the associated power plant could generate up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity. A full assessment of the desalination project may take approximately 20 months to complete.

About MWH

MWH Global is a strategic consulting, technical engineering and construction services firm leading the wet infrastructure sector. Offering a full range of services and innovative, award-winning solutions beginning in the initial planning phases through construction and asset management, we partner with our clients in multiple industries to implement projects and programs that focus on water, energy, natural resources and infrastructure. Our nearly 8,000 employees in 35 countries spanning six continents are dedicated to fulfilling our purpose of Building a Better World, which reflects our commitment to sustainable development. MWH is a private, employee-owned firm with a rich legacy beginning in 1820. For more information, visit our website at

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