SAWS News: New SAWS Rate Structure Being Vetted
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Aquifer Level 685.4'
11/15/18 - 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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New SAWS Rate Structure Being Vetted

About every five years, San Antonio Water System seeks out public input in evaluating how water and sewer services are charged. Representatives from throughout the community are asked to deliberate on how to best fund the needs of the city's water utility.

City Council appoints some members, who are joined by neighborhood leaders, stakeholders and business owners. The Rate Advisory Committee's hard work and commitment during the last year and a half has yielded important recommendations for SAWS - water and wastewater rate structure. It’s important to note that the citizens review focused on how to charge, not what to charge.

The committee worked hard to build a rate structure that would ensure fairness among customer categories (residential, commercial, irrigation, etc.) with each group paying its own expenses, while also allowing SAWS to fully recover costs — or break even.

Late last month, the committee unanimously agreed upon recommendations. The new proposed rate structure for residential water use creates eight billing blocks, compared to the existing four.

It includes a "lifeline" block in which customers would pay $0.1379 per 100 gallons for their first 2,992 gallons. The weighted average for the lowest four blocks, which represents 59 percent of SAWS bills, is $0.2069 per 100 gallons - a rate that is less than the current charge for a comparable volume of water.

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