SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio City Council members approved an 8.4 percent rate increase for San Antonio Water System Thursday.
SAWS says the average residential customers will see a net rate increase of 7 percent on their bill beginning in March. The rate hike will add up to an increase of about $3.50 on the average monthly residential bill.
“While investing in our city’s infrastructure and developing new water resources, SAWS continues to provide sustainable affordable water services and maintains some of the lowest rates in Texas,” said Robert R. Puente, SAWS President/CEO.
SAWS officials say most of the money will be used for cleaning and upgrading the sewer system. The remaining funds will provide for further development of water supplies, including the construction of the city’s new desalination plant in south Bexar County. The Vote
The proposal passed by an 8 to 3 vote:
Voted FOR the rate hike:
- Julian Castro
- Diego Bernal
- Ivy Taylor
- Leticia Ozuna
- Rey Saldana
- Rey Lopez
- Cris Medina
- W. Reed Williams
Voted AGAINST the rate hike:
Drought Ordinance Changes
- David Medina Jr.
- Elisa Chan
- Carlton Soules
City Council also approved changes to the city's drought ordinance. SAWS says the changes will give residents "more opportunities to save water and money without compromising their landscapes by participating in effective residential and commercial conservation programs." The changes will take effect on February 18th.
The new drought rules include:
- Sprinkler use allowed 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your watering day during drought Stages 2 through 4. The hours for Year-Round and Stage 1 remain the same.
- Home car washing is allowed in drought stages on Saturday or Sunday as long as there is no water waste or run off.
- Indoor, small residential, and small commercial fountains can operate at any stage of drought.
- Large commercial fountain can operate in drought stages with approval of conservation plan.
- Hand watering is still allowed any day and time during all drought stages.
Those with irrigation systems will need to adjust controllers for the new watering times in drought Stages 2 through 4. CLICK HERE
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