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Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio has moved a step closer to adopting a steep increase in water rates. City staff members are asking the council to approve a combined 15 percent rate increase over the next two years.

 

City Chief Financial Officer Ben Gorzell told council members the incremental rate increases are needed to replace aging wastewater lines and guarantee a new water supply. That includes building the 142-mile Vista Ridge pipeline that would deliver water from Burleson County about 30 miles from College Station.

 

SAWS Defends Vista Ridge

Oct 22, 2015
SAWS

The ousted author of a study that describes a controversial San Antonio water supply project as “high risk” squared off with the head of the city’s water utility Wednesday, questioning — among other things — whether an extra 16 billion gallons of water per year would diminish the city’s pioneering water conservation programs.

Ron Nirenberg City Council District 8

San Antonio Councilmember Ron Nirenberg is calling for a pause at City Hall before two critical votes that will impact water bills in Bexar County.

The District 8 representative speaking on TPR' s The Source said the council and citizens should have an opportunity to read and discuss the controversial report on the city's water future before voting on changing the rate structure and the water rate for the San Antonio Water System.

SAWS

Mayor Ivy Taylor, Councilman Joe Krier, Brig. Gen. Robert D. LaBrutta and SAWS President/CEO Robert R. Puente announced a ground breaking agreement Tuesday to provide a redundant water source to the city’s military bases.

San Antonio Water System

The San Antonio Water System has issued a record number of landscaping coupons to customers wanting to lower yard water usage.

When SAWS first debuted its Watersaver Landscape Coupon program in 2013, there were about 4,000 applicants. Karen Guz, the Director of Conservation at SAWS, says the number “shocked us, honestly. we didn’t think we’d have that high of participation.”

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