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The lead contamination of Flint Michigan’s water has caused communities around the country to wonder- could it happen here?  The answer for San Antonio is that the San Antonio Water System believes its customers are safe. 

When the City of Flint began using water from the Flint River, it’s highly corrosive properties caused lead from pipes to leach into the water. Physicians found elevated lead levels in children.

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Beginning News Year’s Day, the cost of water will be going up for the average San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) customer.

Last month San Antonio council members approved changes in water and sewer rates to help pay for new water supplies and to replace aging infrastructure.

By this time next year, residents in the San Antonio area will be drinking water that is currently too salty to consume. The San Antonio Water System, SAWS, says that next October it will begin operating an inland desalination plant that will eventually become the largest of its kind in the country. 

Some citizens are asking San Antonio council members to postpone next week’s vote on raising water rates. They voiced their concerns during this morning’s council briefing on the San Antonio Water System’s (SAWS) future water supply.

SAWS has proposed a 50-percent rate increase over five years in water and sewer rates. The city agency says the increase is needed to pay for the Vista Ridge pipeline, ageing infrastructure and other water supply projects.

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The Castle Hills City Council is sending a message to San Antonio:  it thinks the Vista Ridge water pipeline proposed by the San Antonio Water System, SAWS, is a bad deal.