SAWS schedules public hearings on proposed budget

Staff proposes water rate increase


SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Water System staff is proposing a water rate increase for its customers.

A 6.8 percent rate increase is included in the proposed 2017 budget, which was presented during SAWS Board meeting Tuesday.

The proposed water rate adjustment is the first for ex-BexarMet area customers since 2010, officials said.

The average residential customer in former BexarMet areas will see a combined increase of 7.8 percent in water and sewer bills. Customers who use 2,992 gallons or less will see a 3 percent decrease in their monthly bill. These customers may also qualify for more financial assistance through the SAWS Affordability Discount Program than previously available.

Two-thirds of the new revenue will be used to support capital improvement programs that include wastewater, water supply, and water delivery projects, officials said.

If approved, the rates would be implemented Jan.1, 2017, and appear on customers' bills in February 2017.

October bills include an insert featuring rates information. More details and an interactive 2017 rates calculator are available at SAWS.org/rates.

SAWS staff will present budget information during five public meetings, which are listed below:

  • Oct. 13: Julia Yates Semmes Library at 15060 Judson Road from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 17: Hardberger Park Ecology Center at 8400 N.W. Military Highway from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 18: Mission Library at 3134 Roosevelt Ave. from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 19: Forest Hills Library at 5245 Ingram Road from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 25: SAWS Headquarters at 2800 Highway 281 North from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

SAWS is scheduled to brief City Council on the budget during B session on Nov. 9.

A board vote is expected in the coming months with post-vote information included in all SAWS bills in December. 

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