The move of the Edwards Aquifer Authority to unprecedented Stage Four water restrictions will have no impact on SAWS customers, because of the system's aggressive moves under President Robert Puente to seek out alternative water sources for the growing city, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
And now, SAWS is moving forward with what it says will be a 'game changer' in the city's long water battles, a thirty year supply to be purchased from a water broker from an aquifer west of Bryan which would bring in enough water to serve more than 160,000 homes.
SAWS' Greg Flores says it will come at a cost to ratepayers.
"We are envisioning that it would require an investment by 2020, so we are looking at approximately 16% (increase in monthly water bills) by that time," he said.
SAWS officials say the Tuesday announcement of the unprecedented restrictions in pumping from the Edwards Aquifer shows why additional water sources are needed.
SAWS says the main reason why it will not impose tighter restrictions in the wake of the Edwards cuts is the Aquifer Storage and Recovery site, the unique 'water bank' which houses 26 billion gallons in a cave under southeast Bexar County.
In addition, SAWS is working on a desalination plant, and it has recently opened a new pipeline to bring in water from the Carrizo Aquifer in Gonzales County.
Flores says State Two restrictions will remain in place, and are a main reason why the stiffer restrictions will not be needed.
"We are enforcing our drought rules like no other city in the state," Flores said. "We are putting to use the hundreds of millions of dollars we invested in non Edwards supplies."