City of Kenedy: Demonstration of Efficiencies Gained by Utilizing Improved RO Technologies

Project Summary:

The project will demonstrate the efficiencies gained by installing a new reverse osmosis (RO) system in an existing brackish groundwater desalination plant in the City of Kenedy, Karnes County.

TWDB Contract Manager:
Jorge A. Arroyo, P.E.
Funding Recipients:
City of Kenedy and San Antonio River Authority
Project Administrator:
San Antonio River Authority
NRS Consulting Engineers
Project Start Date:
April 2006
Project Completion Date:
August 2012 (final report pending)
Total Project Cost:
TWDB Share of Project Cost:
The evaluation of the new, more efficient RO system will enable a comparison with the operating costs for an older desalination system and provide a means to calculate the return on investment for improved systems. The evaluation will provide a valuable framework for other communities contemplating upgrades to their systems.

Project Details


Project Sponsor:

Texas Water Development Board
Jorge A. Arroyo, P.E. - Contract Manager
1700 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78711

Funding Recipients:

City of Kenedy
City Administrator
City of Kenedy
303 W. Main Street
Kenedy, TX 78119

San Antonio River Authority
P.O. Box 839980
San Antonio, TX 78283

Project Manager:

San Antonio River Authority
Ms. Melissa A. Bryant, P.E. - Project Engineer
P.O. Box 839980
San Antonio, TX 78283

Project Engineer - Phase 1:

NRS Consulting Engineers
Mr. Jesus Leal - Principal
1222 E. Tyler, Suite C
P.O. Box 2544
Harlingen, TX 78551

Project Milestones

Event Date
Announcement of Request for Statement of Interest in Texas Register August 16, 2005
Statement of Interest received by TWDB December 16, 2005
Study approved by TWDB Board January 19, 2006
Contract executed May 11, 2006
Project engineer selected by City of Kenedy/SARA July 20, 2006

Progress Reports

Final Reports


Courtesy of City of Kenedy/SARA