District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg asked City staff to publish a comprehensive report on water security in San Antonio in a Council Consideration Request filed this morning. The study will examine City policies related to water cost, quality, and quantity and whether those policies complement the City’s vision for growth.
“Water scarcity is the primary threat to our long-term economic vitality,” Councilman Nirenberg said. “The Edwards Aquifer will continue to be the region’s primary water source for generations and is the lifeblood of our economy. We need a comprehensive study examining City policy that impacts water quantity, quality, and planning at this critical time.”
"The foundation of San Antonio's future is an adequate water supply,” said Gene Dawson, who has more than 30 years of land development and master planning experience and currently serves as President of Pape-Dawson Engineers. “Every discussion about economic growth, jobs, opportunity and policies affecting our city's growth should begin with water."
The Edwards Aquifer sits below thousands of acres across several counties in central and south Texas and serves as the primary water source for the City of San Antonio and neighboring communities. Water enters the Recharge Zone portion of the aquifer without filtration through porous limestone, making it vulnerable to contamination.
"Advance planning for San Antonio's future water needs is essential for us, as a community, to maintain a future quality of life as we know it. This is vitally important work, and I commend Councilman Nirenberg for his vision in taking on this initiative,” said former Texas State Senator John Montford, who authored the Statewide Water Package in 1985. "I plan to support him because ultimately it will fall on our city government to make the tough decisions on water supplies for future generations."
San Antonio’s recent economic strength has led to accelerated development atop the Recharge Zone, which makes keeping Edwards water clean and plentiful more critical and challenging every year.
“Water security impacts every resident throughout the City: from job opportunities to utility rates to health,” said Councilman Nirenberg. “This analysis will help us understand the opportunities and challenges associated with securing water quality, maintaining quantity, complementing our vision for the growth of the City, and making policy decisions accordingly.”