San Antonio Water Bills Could Go Up In 2018. Why?
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?
- Robert Puente, CEO of the San Antonio Water System
- Mary Bailey, Vice President – Accounting & Business Planning for the San Antonio Water System
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