On Thursday, San Antonio City Council voted to raise SAWS rated by more than 10 percent over the next two years. It’s a decision that had mixed reviews from San Antonio residents and even members of city council.
SAWS says that the rate hike will pay for updates, aging pipes, water meters, and a new water project.
"Many of our pipes through San Antonio have aged quite a bit, and we can't ignore it. It's below the ground, it's something that a lot of people don't see, don't think about," said Anne Hayden with SAWS.
The bill had mixed reviews from residents at the city council meeting on Thursday.
"Is this good for ratepayers? I think you have the majority of the ratepayers here saying no,"
resident Patrick Vodohan said.
"Part of the increase that they're asking for is also going to increase the affordability program so they can provide more for the citizens of San Antoni," resident Richard Gonzalez said.
SAWS will get a 5.8 percent rate hike in 2018 and an additional 4.7 percent in 2019. If you’re typical bill runs around $62, expect to pay an additional six dollars by 2019.
SAWS also says that if anyone has any questions or concerns about the affordability program, they can contact SAWS directly for help.
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