San Antonio Water System customers will see their bills rise again next year, this time to pay for water from the Vista Ridge pipeline.
Leaders of San Antonio’s three key water agencies talked about the water issues facing the region at a West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce panel Friday.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg called the CPS Energy and SAWS chiefs “exemplary leaders” but added that San Antonio needs to “take the political theater out of executive compensation.”
Vast disparities in pay between CPS Energy officials and those at the San Antonio Water System mirror a pay gap between power and water utilities across the country.
At its July meeting on Tuesday, the SAWS board of trustees approved a 5 percent pay increase and $100,000 bonus for President and CEO Robert Puente. The increase takes Puente’s annual salary from $468,194 to $496,520.
Commentary: News that the CPS Energy CEO’s annual compensation neared $1 million drew a curious silence. But she wasn’t targeted by the city’s police and fire unions.
A process that could change the way San Antonio Water System customers pay for water is getting underway.
Two San Antonio Water System tunnel-drilling projects are on the horizon, one to stop fix a hotpot for raw sewage leaks and another to make room for more water from SAWS’ Vista Ridge pipeline.
The outcome of the water struggles in the 1990s was a system of regulations meant to preserve and protect the Edwards Aquifer.
Like its neighbor to the northeast, San Antonio also experiences intense downpours. But Austin and San Antonio have vastly different water systems.