2 thoughts on “Commentary: Who is Really Paying for SAWS Rate Structure?

  1. Dr. McGuire–I have to admit, I started reading this article with caution, as I come from a development background, albeit urban and more commercial, but I still cringe at the “screw the developers!” mantra by habit. However, I am really grateful that I kept reading and am thankful that you took the time to write this for those of us, like myself, who were unaware of this issue. I had no idea how unevenly the costs of our water supply are dispersed–this is extremely frustrating and blatantly punishes those who actually attempt to conserve water as well as those who cannot afford the increase in cost but really have no choice but to find a way to pay it. How do you recommend we voice our opinion to city leaders or SAWS on this matter?

  2. Thanks for your thoughtful note. There’s more information (and it’s still being updated with yet-more) on the website of the Alamo Sierra Club at: http://www.sierraclub.org/texas/alamo — Follow the links on the homepage to the petition to City Council and the Mayor, as well as other information.

    I hope you will also read my essay “Reframing San Antonio’s Water Future” (begins on page two in the June 2015 newsletter, linked in the menu), because it addresses some of the better and more affordable ways that we — as a whole community could be preparing for future circumstances and needs. How can we maximize water saving and reuse right here? How can we better prepare for longer and hotter droughts? How can we protect the rights of all citizens, regardless of ability to pay, to enough water for health and for life itself? It seems to me that this issue is about what kind of a community do we want to be.

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