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Old 09-20-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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Received this today:

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Dear Valued SAWS Customer,

As a SAWS ratepayer, you have invested in sound water management, making San Antonio water's most resourceful city.

San Antonio needs to stay the course. A 7.9 percent average rate increase is proposed for 2012, to help pay for new water supply projects and infrastructure improvements.

This would mean the average monthly residential bill would go up by $3.41. Even with this increase, our rates would remain among the lowest in Texas.

Complete proposed rate information is available on the SAWS website at this link: SAWS: A Discussion About Rates.

If you would like to see the effects of rate changes on your bill, a rate calculator is available: Residential Rate Calculator

__________________________________________________ _______________________

PUBLIC NOTICE
Declaration of Intent to Change Water Service, Water Supply and Wastewater Rates

Implementation of new water service water supply, and wastewater rates effective for consumption on or about January 1, 2012 is hereby declared. Customers will begin receiving bills that reflect the new rates on or about February, 1, 2012.

The new rates, as proposed by SAWS staff, were presented for review at the September 13, 2011 meeting of the SAWS Board of Trustees; final consideration will be given on or after October 4, 2011 by the SAWS Board. The water service, water supply, and wastewater rates ultimately approved by the SAWS Board are scheduled for review and consideration by the San Antonio City Council on or after October 6, 2011. Upon approval by City Council, the new rates will become effective for consumption on or about January 1, 2012.

These changes only affect your SAWS-provided services.

More information is available at 210-704-SAWS (7297) or online at SAWS: A Discussion About Rates.

Para información en español, por favor lláme al 210-704-7297.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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Wonderful! What can you do? We need them...
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:53 AM
 
Location: NW side
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Gotta have water.. and power...and gas..and food..and everything else that costs too much.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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wow. whatta shocker, they want more money! grrrrr. I love how they justify it: "Hey, we're still the cheapest around though!" That may be, but where else do they have such severe water restrictions?
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:50 AM
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wow. whatta shocker, they want more money! grrrrr. I love how they justify it: "Hey, we're still the cheapest around though!" That may be, but where else do they have such severe water restrictions?
That is the San Antonio way. It's crappy here, but it's crappier elsewhere.

we thought it was limited to this forum all this time.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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Honest question: How should SAWS pay for new water supply projects and infrastructure improvements?
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Honest question: How should SAWS pay for new water supply projects and infrastructure improvements?
Bonds that people can vote on? I'm not sure, but it sounds like there were improvements that should have been made years ago but political battles ensured that would not take place. Crazy.

Honestly, if they would say, "Hey, we're going to charge you $5 extra a month so you can water twice a week next time we have a big drought" I'd be all for it.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:48 AM
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Honest question: How should SAWS pay for new water supply projects and infrastructure improvements?
I think we, the water users, should pay for it. I think the jab was in response to their wording of it. I don't think it was meant to argue the fee increase. $3 a month is not much to quibble about, unless you ride the bus.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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Bonds that people can vote on? I'm not sure, but it sounds like there were improvements that should have been made years ago but political battles ensured that would not take place. Crazy.

Honestly, if they would say, "Hey, we're going to charge you $5 extra a month so you can water twice a week next time we have a big drought" I'd be all for it.
Bonds and the water supply fee.

SAWS selling $175 million in bonds - San Antonio Business Journal
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:35 AM
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Location: Ohio
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Heard the mayor say on the radio this morning that there will be additional increases caused by fees that will be imposed on SAWS by the Edwards Aquifer Authority. The amount of those fees hasn't been determined at the EAA, so the actual percentage increase could be in the double digits.
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