Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces $200 Million Infrastructure Project for Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland

New wastewater pipeline will serve San Antonio and military community

Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Leslie Martinez, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), July 25, 2019

Rep. Cuellar Announces $200 Million Infrastructure Project for Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland

New wastewater pipeline will serve San Antonio and military community

Washington, D.C.-- Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced a $200 million infrastructure project for the Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland. The Congressman worked with the Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio, and the San Antonio Water System on an agreement to construct a new wastewater pipeline underneath Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland that will serve over 500,000 people in Bexar County and the surrounding area.

“The current wastewater pipeline, serving over 500,000 people in Southwest San Antonio and JBSA-Lackland AFB, is in poor condition and unable to accommodate the rapid population growth in the region,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This critical infrastructure project will advance military readiness on the joint base as well as serve thousands of individuals in the surrounding San Antonio area. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fund infrastructure projects that advance our national security and promote economic prosperity.”

“I would like to thank the U.S. Air Force, San Antonio Water System CEO Mr. Robert Puente and the rest of the board, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, and San Antonio City Council for their tireless efforts in getting this agreement finalized. I would also like to thank Senators Cornyn and Cruz as well as Congressmen Will Hurd, Julian Castro, Chip Roy, and Lloyd Doggett for working to meet the needs of the Joint Base and the San Antonio community.”

In 2018, Congressman Cuellar secured an amendment to H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 to improve utility service infrastructure for Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) and the City of San Antonio. The provision compelled the Air Force to conduct a core sampling study at Lackland Air Force Base to analyze potential contaminants present to see if a new pipeline was necessary. To watch the Congressman speak on the House Floor about the amendment, click here.

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