SAWS’ board of trustees approves service area changes

Despite a request from the North San Antonio Chamber for the San Antonio Water System to fully expand its water service area on the city’s environmentally sensitive Northwest Side, the utility’s trustees voted Tuesday to continue deciding on providing services in this area on a case-by-case basis.

The trustees also unanimously approved a proposal to expand the southeast part of SAWS’ wastewater service area and to pull SAWS’ wastewater service area out of Comal County on its northeast part.

SAWS’ service area is where the utility has “first right of refusal for service.” In other words, a developer can’t seek water from another provider without first seeing if SAWS will be their provider. Unless there is reasonable cause for refusal, SAWS must provide water and/or wastewater within its state-approved service area to anyone who asks.

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