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Water bill increases planned for at least the next five years

This will by no means be the end of rate increases. SAWS plans to continue raising your water bill through at least 2021, including a 12.9 percent increase in 2020. (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO - Your water bill will soon be going up. The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has unveiled plans to ask for another rate increase for next year.

They say the money will go towards sewer repairs.

The proposed 5.8 percent rate hike would increase the average customer's monthly bill by $3.45.

“The additional revenue will enable SAWS to replace aging critical systems throughout the city, as well as support SAWS improvements being made in connection with street projects funded by the city’s 2017 bond program,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “The longer we delay this work, the more vulnerable our water system becomes and the more it will cost ratepayers in the long run.”

This will by no means be the end of rate increases. SAWS plans to continue raising your water bill through at least 2021, including a 12.9 percent increase in 2020.

The budget is currently scheduled for a vote at the SAWS board meeting on Nov. 7 and at City Council on Nov. 9. Proposed rates will also be included with all billing statements in October, and then final rates also will be included before they become effective in 2018.

New rates would be effective in January 2018 and appear on February bills.

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