SEGUIN, Texas - Twenty-five years ago, the citizens of Schertz and Seguin Texas joined together to create an organization that would be able to provide a stable water supply for two of the major cities in Guadalupe County.
In 1998, the Mayors, City Councils, and concerned individuals joined forces to establish the Schertz/Seguin Local Government Corporation (SSLGC). Expert consultants, including Crockett Camp, Bill Klemt, and many others, were enlisted to plan a groundwater project in the Carrizo Aquifer. This involved drilling large municipal water wells in Gonzales County, followed by the construction of a 42-mile pipeline to transport the water to Seguin and Schertz. The ultimate goal was to provide a reliable water supply to benefit the citizens of these areas.
At the time no similar projects in Central Texas existed and there were no templates to follow as to the best way to accomplish that goal. The two cities and a group of volunteer board members came together to figure out how to accomplish that task and were ultimately successful in making that happen.
After 25 years, all the work, money, and long hours put in by the city staff, consultants and board volunteers gave the two cities and Guadalupe County a stable, long-lasting supply of clean water that the growing communities could rely on and interested businesses and industries could know would enable growth and certainty for the joint benefit of our region. It was an endeavor not for the faint of heart and resulted in quality economic and common-sense growth that has made our area and the two cities successful. Long after many of the dedicated people involved are gone the benefits of this forward-thinking project will continue to benefit Schertz and Seguin.
SSLGC Vice President Robin V. Dwyer, J.D. says, “I am proud to have been and continue to be involved. It is appropriate to remember the beginning after 25 years and to look forward to a continuing bright future.”
SSLGC is governed by a board which consists of five directors and two ex-officio appointed by the city councils of Schertz and Seguin. SSLGC began actual production in September 2002 and has continued to grow to serve the Cities of Schertz and Seguin as the primary water source. SSLGC maintains a strong wholesale water customer base including contracts with the Cities of Selma, Universal City, as well as Springs Hill Water Supply Corporation and the San Antonio Water System.
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