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Surcharge may be added to bills of former BexarMet customers

By GARY COOPER
News 4 San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- It was nice to get a little rain in parts of San Antonio Friday. But if we don't get more, it could some of us a little bit more money.

San Antonio Water System is looking to add a surcharge to thousands of its customers' bills if it doesn't rain. Former BexarMet customers got a letter in the mail detailing how much their water bill could increase.

"If someone was formerly a Bexar Met customer, and they received one of these letters in the mail, all it is saying is we want to put you in the same standing as the rest of our customers," explained Anne Hayden of SAWS.

The Garza's were BexarMet customers. They're retired and frugal and say they can remember when their bill was only a few dollars decades ago. Now, it's a different story.

"I'd say about 70 something," said Jaine Garza.

"I imagine some are just not going to be happy about this," Hayden told us. "First of all, if we do ever have to go to stage four, which is unlikely, it's a situation where we need to add this surcharge to be able to handle the demand that is going to be on this system."

Roughly 80,000 former BexarMet customers will be affected.  For the Garzas, who like to hold on to things like their 1972 Dodge pick-up, they hold on to their money and hope for better  weather.

"Guess we gotta pray for it to rain," Jaine said. "That's about all we can  do."

SAWS will ask for approval of the surcharge at next week's city council meeting. We'll let you know what city council decides.
 
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