SAWS is investing $1.2 billion in its sewer system

In June 2013, SAWS approved a settlement agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that requires additional work to reduce sewer spills. The agreement, or Consent Decree, avoided costly federal litigation and an uncertain outcome.

The responsible commitment to perform this additional work will improve service to SAWS ratepayers and protect the environment and our community. The costs of the settlement are included in SAWS’ rates.

Sewer spills are not unique to San Antonio. We are one of more than 40 cities across the country working under EPA agreements to reduce sewer spills.

Despite the cost of the agreement, SAWS bills will remain among the lowest in Texas.