SAWS Water and Sewer Bills Will Rise Jan. 1

Dec 28, 2016

Starting with the new year next week, water and sewer bills for most San Antonio Water System customers will go up. The average increase will be almost seven percent.


In a turn-about San Antonio Water System CEO Robert​ Puente said the water utility would take over the construction of the Vista Ridge Water Pipeline if Garney was unable to meet certain deadlines.


The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is proposing a 6.8 percent increase in water and sewer rates for next year. 

Anne Hayden with SAWS says the bulk of the rate increase is needed to meet an agreement with the EPA to reduce sewer spills.

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The San Antonio Water system is pulling on customers' heartstrings to gain support for its rate increases with a TV, radio, billboard and online advertising campaign over the next few months.

SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden says the utility realized its need to raise awareness among its constituency to support its requests for rate increases over the coming years.  She says those increases are necessary to continue to upgrade infrastructure throughout the city, as well as for the Vista Ridge project.

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