SAWS News: SAWS Briefs Board on 2018 Budget and Rate Adjustment Proposal
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SAWS Briefs Board on 2018 Budget and Rate Adjustment Proposal

San Antonio Water System Board of Trustees heard details of a proposed 2018 budget during their regular meeting today, including a proposed 5.8 percent rate adjustment to fund proactive water and sewer projects that ensure dependable service.

Revenue from the adjustment would help fund:

  • A portion of the nearly $1.1 billion needed to repair critical sewer infrastrcture to meet EPA Consent Decree requirements including, Phase 2 construction ($38 million) along Salado Creek and Holbrook Road of new sewer mains
  • $44.6 million in investments in our water system, including phase two of a water integration pipeline in the western part of the city
  • A pilot program that uses technology to transfer data about residential water use, creating a more efficient meter reading system
  • Rehabilitation ($41.2 million) of water pump stations, including those that were part of the former Bexar Met Water District

"This rate adjustment includes an important allocation needed to fund water line replacements,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “The additional revenue will enable SAWS to replace aging critical systems throughout the city, as well as support SAWS improvements being made in connection with street projects funded by the city’s 2017 bond program. The longer we delay this work, the more vulnerable our water system becomes and the more it will cost ratepayers in the long run."

SAWS staff will be conducting community outreach highlighting budget information that will include meetings, online videos and social media posts. The final meeting will be held at SAWS headquarters in October and will be streamed via Facebook Live.

The budget is currently scheduled for a vote at the SAWS board meeting on Nov. 7 and at City Council on Nov. 9. Proposed rates will also be included with all billing statements in October, and then final rates also will be included before they become effective in 2018.

New rates would be effective in January 2018 and appear on February bills. More details and an interactive 2018 rates calculator will soon be available at


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