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DRAFT Proposed 2022 Budget

The proposed 2022 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program will allow the utility to continue providing high quality water, wastewater, recycled water and chilled water services at reasonable costs, while also maintaining a healthy financial position.

The 2022 budget is consistent with the Board’s Strategic Plan and achieves the following key objectives:

  • Sustain the delivery of affordable water and wastewater services in 2022 without any increases in rates
    for these core businesses as the community moves beyond the COVID‐19/Delta Variant pandemic into
    recovery
  • Make investments to improve the resiliency of SAWS infrastructure during future extreme weather
    events, such as those experienced by the community in February 2021
  • Initiate implementation of the ConnectH2O Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project
  • Maintain infrastructure to ensure reliability of service and compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Continue to implement technological advancements in order to increase productivity, enhance customer
    interactions and safeguard SAWS’ assets
  • Ensure employee pay and benefits remain fair and competitive while retirement obligations are
    adequately funded and restore the performance pay program
  • Balance the need for strong financial metrics and the maintenance of credit ratings with the affordability
    of our services
  • Improve the financial condition of SAWS Chilled Water business through the implementation of a 10%
    increase in the demand charge for Chilled Water customers. This adjustment will be the first increase in
    the demand charge rate since 1999 for Downtown customers and since 2005 for Port San Antonio
    customers.

Download the DRAFT Proposed 2022 SAWS Budget (PDF)

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