San Antonio Water System customers will see their bills rise again next year, this time to pay for water from the Vista Ridge pipeline.
The private companies building Vista Ridge have said the pipeline is “substantially complete.”
After floating the possibility of a smaller increase earlier this year, San Antonio Water System officials are asking for the full amount.
Developer fees will pay for less of SAWS’ Vista Ridge pipeline after City Council approved a fee structure that did not assess the maximum amount allowable.
A secret “equity lens” water plan calls for affluent San Antonians to use water from a sewage treatment facility while poorer residents get aquifer water.
The tunnels are necessary to bring water from far-away aquifers to San Antonio via the Vista Ridge pipeline.
The San Antonio Water System already got approval to raise customers’ bills to raise the entire cost of the Vista Ridge pipeline. But if new developer fees are approved, SAWS will have $242 million more than it needs for the project.
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.
A utility owned by the Canadian city of Edmonton has been chosen to operate the San Antonio Water System’s Vista Ridge pipeline.
On Friday, a judge dismissed claims brought by a joint venture between Oscar Renda Contracting and Southland Contracting.