Department of Communications and Public Affairs

Published on Thursday, December 07, 2017

Councilman Manny Pelaez votes to approve SAWS rate increase

CONTACT: Erin Nichols 210-216-9205

SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 7, 2017) — The following statement from District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez explains why he voted to approve the proposed 2018-19 SAWS rate increase:

“I understand that no one likes paying more, neither do I, but we all like what the rates pay for: dependable, clean water,” said Councilman Manny Pelaez. “The SAWS rate increase is needed now because of the lack of infrastructure spending over the last 50 years. Overall, the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that U.S. cities will require $3.6 trillion in basic infrastructure investments over the next 20 years. However, this only covers updates and maintenance of existing infrastructure. Over a generation, infrastructure all over the country has deteriorated as other projects have taken priority. 

A rate increase is needed to comply with a consent decree from the Environmental Protection Agency because it was deferred for so long. Consequently, we’ve had artificially low rates, which we’ve all enjoyed, but now we’re having to pay for it. Today’s vote is a proactive measure to maintain our existing infrastructure and ensure the mayor and city council in 2050 aren’t in the same position we are now.”

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Author: Cambri Ensminger (GPA)

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