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San Antonio Water System customers will face new water and sewer rates this January after the City Council passed a series of increases this afternoon.

Council members debated the issue for more than 4 hours  before voting 10-0 in favor of the increases. District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez was absent from the vote.

The revenue from the increased rates will pay to replace aging sewer and water infrastructure and fund the controversial $3.4 billion Vista Ridge Pipeline that will pump water from Burleson and Milam counties. 

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Water is intimately connected to the human experience. It weaves into and out of our individual and collective human lives. Precisely because it is so interwoven in our lives, water frequently becomes part of the most important narratives that we tell about ourselves and our human experience. Water is there at the moment of creation; it is there at the moment of devastation; and it is there as we navigate the more subtle moments of our lives.

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More than 100 protesters stormed the offices of the San Antonio mayor and City Council Tuesday.  They’re calling on elected officials to kill the proposed 142-mile Vista Ridge water pipeline.

The rally brought together rural landowners living over the Carrizo Aquifer in Burleson County and urban opponents who say it’s not worth the cost. 



The San Antonio City Council will be voting on proposed changes to the San Antonio Water System rate structure on November 19th.

A much anticipated report on San Antonio’s water future released Thursday could have an impact on the vote. The report is a collaborative effort of the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR), both part of the Texas A&M University System.

It includes details on the proposed 142-mile long Vista Ridge water pipeline from Burleson County.

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The San Antonio Clean Technology Forum held its sixth annual Water Forum at the Pearl Stable on Monday, October 26. The program focused on Texas’s quest for future water supplies, including discussion about new initiatives by San Antonio Water System (SAWS) such as the controversial Vista Ridge project, the launch of the new Texas A&M University San Antonio Water Institute, water quality issues, and major water projects funded by the Texas Water Development Board.