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San Antonio Water Bills Could Go Up In 2018. Why?

Courtesy SAWS
Workers install filters at a SAWS desalination facility in South Bexar County.

The San Antonio Water System is proposing a rate increase of 10.5 percent over the next two years, largely to support infrastructure upgrades for the city's sewer and water delivery systems.

A city council vote to approve or deny the adjustment was postponed in November and is expected to be taken up Thursday.

If approved, a 5.8 percent increase for 2018 would take effect in January and appear on the following month's bill, raising the average cost by $3.45 for a residential home.

The public utility estimates that next year's rate increase would pay for three major needs:

  • 55 percent for updating water delivery systems 
  • 24 percent towards fixing wastewater services
  • 21 percent for increased access to water supplies and distribution. 

By the end of 2019, an additional 4.7 percent increase in rates would bring the average bill to about $69 per month

What would residents be paying for? How is the San Antonio Water System building capacity for a growing city?


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