City Council on Thursday voted 8-3 on water rate increases for 2018 and 2019: 5.8 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively.
There are no easy ways to address the critical water supply challenges that cities across America, particularly growing cities like San Antonio, will face in the future.
SAWS proposed a 5.8% increase for 2018 and a subsequent 4.7% increase for 2019.
San Antonio Water System’s draft five-year water management plan continues to emphasize water conservation and diversification of water sources.
Stage One restrictions allow for once-a-week landscape watering only before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on certain days according to customer addresses.
Puente’s success at SAWS has not come without challenges. But the greatest challenges come from maintaining the water itself, he said.
While San Antonio’s public utility updates its water management plan that outlines strategies and goals for the next 50 years, it’s clear that officials don’t think a once-a-week watering proposal should be part of it.
Councilman Ron Nirenberg (D8) reiterated his concerns about the Vista Ridge water pipeline project, year-round watering restrictions, and the San Antonio Water System (SAWS)’s executive compensation structure on Wednesday.
The public utility’s board was briefed about the effects of imposing Stage One water restrictions, more than one year after interest in the idea spiked in 2015.
Once financial close documents are signed, construction can begin on the 142-mile pipeline that could deliver up to 16.3 million gallons of water to SAWS customers per year starting in 2020.