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Old 04-06-2016, 05:10 PM
Location: 78250
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anyone know what zip codes have been affected by the increase of the rates? All those in 78254 so far - myself included have been affected. We are a family of four; and what used to be an average $55 a month water bill has now turned to a $80 water bill. Water usage is about the same.

When i signed the petition; i asked what good it will do; 50-50 chance of them closing the project if they have enough signatures. But not sure that will happen. I have now had to re-budget my expenses to allow at least $80 for water bill every month.
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Old 04-06-2016, 05:46 PM
Location: South Central Texas
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Apparently, we just cannot have enough water so rates will continue upward.

SAWS stores record amount of water, desal plant nears completion


Salty, brackish water will be filtered, producing an estimated 12 million gallons per day. That would create water for an additional 40,000 families, according to SAWS. An important factor as San Antonio grows at a rapid rate. It is also the reason SAWS believed it was vital to secure future resources of water before prices rise.
"We need to be aggressive enough, progressive enough, visionary enough to go find that water today," said Guerra.
With both facilities providing water for San Antonio, some have asked why the proposed Vista Ridge pipeline, a 142-mile pipeline that will bring water from Burleson and Milam counties to San Antonio, is necessary. According to SAWS, it remains about diversity.
“It’s good to have multiple resources because it ensures that we are not dependent on one sole source,” Gonzales said.
as long as we can still afford to drink it.
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:42 PM
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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While I agree that water resources are vital, at some point cost/benefit HAS to be considered. That includes the operational and ammortization costs of the new Desal plant. Hint: It ain't cheap.
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:54 PM
Location: South Central Texas
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I agree.... I would think they've already acquired enough water rights and such to allow for considerable growth. But they seem to think we can cover anything.
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:38 PM
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The construction firm originally tapped to build a 142-mile pipeline to deliver water to the San Antonio Water System will now take control of the project.
On Wednesday, SAWS’ board of trustees voted unanimously to allow a subsidiary of Spanish conglomerate Abengoa, S.A., to sell 80 percent of its stake in the project to Garney Construction, a Kansas City firm with offices in 11 states that has worked as a contractor on SAWS projects for 30 years. Garney will also build the pipeline.

“We’re excited to help secure San Antonio’s water future,” said Scott Parrish, Garney chief operating officer for western pipe operations, echoing a phrase used by SAWS officials, city council members and business leaders who have spoken in favor of the Vista Ridge pipeline through nearly six months of turmoil.

After SAWS vote, construction firm takes reins on pipeline project - San Antonio Express-News
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