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The Source: When A Water Study Leaks, A Deluge Of Controversy


Late last week, Brian Chasnoff at the San Antonio Express-News got his hands on a draft copy of a hotly contested and some might say suppressed city-commissioned report on San Antonio's water security. The study, conducted by Texas A&M University labeled the Vista Ridge pipeline deal, which will cost San Antonio more than $3 billion by the time all is said and done. 

You can read the entire report here.  

The city, which will be evaluating a rate increase proposal from the San Antonio Water District, some of which will be to pay for said project, took issue with the "highly risky" label and pushed back asking for revisions.

Only a few of the city council have seen even the draft copy, and the big question is will they have it before they vote.  

SAWS has called the study "flawed" and "embarrassing."

Should we rethink Vista Ridge?


  • Brian Chasnoff, columnist for  the San Antonio Express-News
  • Meredith McGuire, professor emeritus at Trinity University and co-chair of the conservation committee at the Alamo Sierra Club
  • Robert Puente, president and CEO of the San Antonio Water System
  • John Dugan, director of Planning and Community development for the City of San Antonio
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