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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 686.0'
12/14/18 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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Special Service Fees

Special Services Fees Approved Changes for 2019

Listed below are current fees and changes to fees that will be effective Jan. 1, 2019.

In the utility industry, it is customary to assess a range of fees for special services that are associated for the benefit of a particular customer. These fees are designed to recover costs associated with providing special services and help decrease pressure on system-wide rates, which otherwise subsidize special services provided to limited groups of customers.

The tables below summarize the authorized Special Services Fees changes for 2019. The changes result from authority granted by City Council ordinances (2015-11-19-0956 and 2017-12-07-0928) to update certain special services fee amounts by either the rate of annual inflation or by the annual percentage change in related service rates as appropriate.

Authorized Changes to Special Service Fees


    2.89% 2019 rate of inflation as applicable to fees as described below; CPI Change (July 2017 to July 2018)
Conservation
Fee Name 2018 Fee Amounts 2019 Fee Amounts Basis for Changes
Irrigation System Inspection Compliance Annual Enforcement Fee $153.00 $157.42 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Irrigation System Inspection Compliance Volumetric Rate (per 100 gallons) $0.1963 $0.2019 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Customer Service - Related
Fee Name 2018 Fee Amounts 2019 Fee Amounts Basis for Changes
Account Deposit (Water and Sewer Service) $87.00 $91.09 Updated by percentage rate change approved in a given year after 2018 for the average SAWS residential customer. (4.7% for 2019)
Account Deposit (Water and Sewer Service) for Affordability Customers $67.00 $70.15 Updated by percentage rate change approved in a given year after 2018 for the average SAWS residential customer. (4.7% for 2019)
Account Deposit (Sewer Service Only) $44.00 $46.07 Updated by percentage rate change approved in a given year after 2018 for the average SAWS residential customer. (4.7% for 2019)
Account Deposit (Sewer Service Only) for Affordability Customers $22.00 $23.03 Updated by percentage rate change approved in a given year after 2018 for the average SAWS residential customer. (4.7% for 2019)
Added Fee for Removal of Illegal Straight Connection $25.00 $25.00 Add cost of estimated water usage during illegal straight connection usage.
Wastewater Plug & Removal Fee - 4 inch pipeline $870.00 $895.11 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Wastewater Plug & Removal Fee - 6 inch pipeline $994.00 $1,022.69 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Wastewater Plug & Removal Fee - 8 inch pipleline $1,117.00 $1,149.24 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Dye Testing Fee $57.00 $58.65 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Same Day Turn-On Fee $34.00 $34.98 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Valve Tampering Fee $60.00 $61.73 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Lock Tampering Fee $45.00 $46.30 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
5/8" Meter Tampering Fee $73.00 $75.11 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
3/4" Meter Tampering Fee $92.00 $94.66 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
1" Meter Tampering Fee $119.00 $122.43 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
5/8" Bench Meter Test Fee $124.00 $127.58 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
3/4" Bench Meter Test Fee $143.00 $147.13 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
1" Bench Meter Test Fee $170.00 $174.91 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
1.5" Bench Meter Test Fee $310.00 $318.95 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
2" Bench Meter Test Fee $454.00 $467.10 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Development Services
Fee Name 2018 Fee Amounts 2019 Fee Amounts Basis for Changes
Enchroachment or Easement Release Application Processing Fee $780.00 $802.52 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Fire Flow Test Fee $58.00 $59.67 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Lift Station Maintenance Fee $200,130 $205,907 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Fire Hydrant Water Meter
Fee Name 2018 Fee Amounts 2019 Fee Amounts Basis for Changes
Metered Water Sales (per 100 gallons) $0.2699 $0.2710 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Delivery in a given year after 2018. (0.4% in 2019) The current EAA Permit Fee rate will be added.
Water Supply Fee (per 100 gallons) $0.2163 $0.2256 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Supply in a given year after 2018. (4.3% in 2019) The current EAA Permit Fee will be added.
Fire Hydrant Meter Daily Availability Charge $6.60 $6.79 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Fire Hydrant Meter Deposit $1,637 $1,684 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Monthly Penalty for Failure to Bring in Fire Hydrant Meter for Calibration/Inspection $99.00 $99.40 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Delivery in a given year after 2018 . (0.4% in 2019)
Fire Hydrant Meter Irrigation Use Metered Irrigation OCL Water Sales (per 100 gallons) $0.9802 $0.9841 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Delivery in a given year after 2018. (0.4% in 2019) The current EAA Permit Fee rate will be added.
Fire Hydrant Meter Irrigation Use Water Supply Fee Rate (per 100 Gallons) $0.5660 $0.5903 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Supply in a given year after 2018. (4.3% in 2019) The current EAA Permit Fee will be added.
Industrial Waste
Fee Name 2018 Fee Amounts 2019 Fee Amounts Basis for Changes
Categorical Industrial Waste Permit (five years) $13,854.50 $ 14,254.42 Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
Non-Categorical Industrial Waste Permit (five years) $10,390.88 $ 10,690.82 Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
SIU Sampling Fee $ 615.76 $633.53 Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
Non-SIU Sampling Fee (per month) $10.90 $11.21 Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
Liquid Waste Permit Fee (Annual) $341.74 $351.61 Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
Liquid Waste Permit Vehicle Reinspection Fee $190.88 $196.39 Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
Liquid Waste Manifest Book $44.13 $45.40 Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
Liquid Waste Disposal Site Fee (per 100 Gallons) $8.95 $9.21 Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
FOG Monthly Fee (Flat Fee for All FOG Customers) $21.14 $21.75 Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
Laboratory Test Fees (different fees per procedure) (See Lab Fees) (See Lab Fees) Updated annually by inflation after 2015.
New Liquid Waste Disposal Site Holiday Disposal Fee $63.00 $64.82 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
New Liquid Waste Disposal Site Weekend Disposal Fee $38.00 $39.10 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Pipeline Damage Cost Recovery
Fee Name 2018 Fee Amounts 2019 Fee Amounts Basis for Changes
Dispatch Fee for Response to Damaged Mains (EOC, Claims, D&C) $48.00 $49.39 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Flat Avg. Fees for Flowable Fill and Plates for Contractor Main Damage $236.00 $242.81 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Lost Water Rate (per 100 gallons; Highest Water Supply/Water Delivery Outside City Limits Rate) $1.7151 $1.7506 Updated by percentage rate changes approved for Water Delivery and Water Supply in a given year after 2019. The current EAA Permit Fee will be added.
Underground Storage Tank Regulation
Fee Name 2018 Fee Amounts 2019 Fee Amounts Basis for Changes
Underground Storage Tank (UST) Initial Site Registration Fee $220.00 $226.35 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Annual Site Inspection Fee $150.00 $154.33 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Follow-Up Site Inspection Fee $120.00 $123.46 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Permit Renewal Fee (Tanks 0-4,999 Gallons) $525.00 $540.15 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Permit Renewal Fee (Tanks 5,000 to 10,000 Gallons) $650.00 $668.76 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Permit Renewal Fee (Tanks Greater Than 10,000 Gallons) $750.00 $771.65 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.

Laboratory Fees


Laboratory Test 2018 Fees 2019 Fees Difference
Alkalinity $17.67 $18.18 $0.51
Ammonia Direct $20.61 $21.21 $0.60
Ammonia Distillation $41.23 $42.42 $1.19
Biochemical Oxygen Demand $35.34 $36.36 $1.02
Chemical Oxygen Demand $36.81 $37.87 $1.06
Conductivity $11.78 $12.12 $0.34
Cyanide - Total (with Post Amending) $47.41 $48.78 $1.37
Nitrogen, total Kjeldahle (TKN) $39.75 $40.90 $1.15
Phosphorus - Total $26.36 $27.12 $0.76
Total Dissolved Solids $15.90 $16.36 $0.46
Total Suspended Solids $18.85 $19.39 $0.54
Turbidity $15.15 $15.58 $0.44
Volatile Organic Compounds SDWA (Drinking Water) $132.51 $136.34 $3.83
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons $117.79 $121.19 $3.40
Hardness $18.85 $19.39 $0.54
Hexavalent Chromium $33.86 $34.84 $0.98
Mercury $35.34 $36.36 $1.02
Metals $16.49 $16.97 $0.48
Total Coliform - Present/Absent $21.20 $21.81 $0.61
Escherichia Coli - Present/Absent $22.38 $23.03 $0.65
Fecal Coliform $21.20 $21.81 $0.61
Fecal Streptococcus $29.45 $30.30 $0.85
Escherichia Coli - Membrane Filtration $21.20 $21.81 $0.61
Fats, Oil and Grease $64.78 $66.65 $1.87
IC (Nitrite, Sulfate, Chloride, Nitrite/Nitrate Combined, Nitrate, Fluoride) $18.30 $18.83 $0.53
Organochlorine Pesticides $200.24 $206.02 $5.78
Organophosphorus Pesticides (8 compounds) $229.35 $235.97 $6.62
Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (70 - 110 compounds) $441.70 $454.45 $ 12.75
Volatile Organic Compounds - Waste Water (31 compounds) $178.15 $183.30 $5.14
AVERAGE $66.54 $68.46 $1.92

Special Services Fees without Changes


Customer Service - Related
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2019 Fee Amounts
Meter Trip Fee 2008 $10.00
Meter Trip Fee for Affordability Customers 2008 $5.00
Added Turn-On Fee After Meter Removal for Illegal Connection 1994 $10.00
Added Fee to Cap Service Line after Removal of Illegal Straight Connection 1994 $175.00
Added Fee to Reinstall Meter after Service Line Capping and Illegal Straight Connection Removal 1994 $25.00
Bad Check Fee 2005 $30.00
Penalty for Late Payment after 15 Days of Bill Mailing 1994 5.0%
Transfer of Service from Old Account to New Account within Service Area 1994 $6.00
Water Meter Plug & Removal Fee 2012 $78.00
Industrial Waste
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2019 Fee Amounts
Sewer Surcharge - Total Suspended Solids (Charge times TSS mg/l less 250 mg/l) 2016 $1.68
Sewer Surcharge - Biochemical Oxygen Demand (Charge times BOD mg/l less 250 mg/l) 2016 $1.81
Private Fire Protection Service
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2019 Fee Amounts
Inside City Limits (ICL) 4" Meter and Below 2016 $274.00
ICL 6" Meter 2016 $378.12
ICL 8" Meter 2016 $460.32
ICL 10" Meter 2016 $531.56
ICL 12" Meter 2016 $635.68
Outslide City Limits (OCL) 4" Meter and Below 2016 $356.20
OCL 6" Meter 2016 $493.20
OCL 8" Meter 2016 $597.32
OCL 10" Meter 2016 $690.48
OCL 12" Meter 2016 $827.48
Resource Protection & Compliance
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2019 Fee Amounts
Well Plugging Inspection Fee 2012 $385.00
Well Drilling Inspection Fee 2012 $445.00