Rate Advisory Committee

San Antonio Water System periodically enlists the assistance of a diverse cross section of customers to review current water and wastewater rates and other SAWS fees. The purpose of the committee is to make recommendations regarding future rate structures. The last review was completed in 2015.

In 2019, SAWS once again initiated a cost of service and rate design study. However, due to the conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, work on the study was temporarily suspended in March 2020. Attached to this website is a report prepared by the consultant, Raftelis, summarizing the work conducted on the rate study though March 2020.


Recent RAC Meetings

Meeting is CANCELED
Tuesday, Mar. 17

March 17 meeting has been canceled.

Meeting 8
Tuesday, Feb. 18

Download available Meeting 8 materials.

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Meeting 7
Tuesday, Feb. 4

Water Cost of Service - Key Decisions Wastewater Customer Class Characteristics & Cost of Service

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Meeting 6
Tuesday, Jan. 14

Download available Meeting 6 materials.

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Meeting 5
Tuesday, Dec. 10

Results of Pricing Objectives Exercise; Revenue Requirements; Begin Cost of Service Discussion - Customer Classes

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Meeting 4
Tuesday, Nov. 12

Pricing Objectives Workshop

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Meeting 3
Tuesday, Oct. 29

2015 rate study objectives assessment and overview of pricing objectives workshop.

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Meeting 2
Wednesday, Oct. 16

Election of committee vice chairperson, discussion on affordability, and impact of 2015 rate study recommendations.

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Meeting 1
Tuesday, Sept. 24

First meeting of Rates Advisory Committee. Presentation: rate study process overview, consideration of bylaws, schedule, and SAWS overview.

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RAC Information

2019 Cost of Service and Rate Design Study – Rate Advisory Committee Report

This report provides a summary of the work completed by the RAC through Meeting #8.

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SAWS Board Presentation:
Sept. 4, 2019

Review of RAC nomination process, introduction of chair and members, and overview of committee orientation and meeting schedule.

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SAWS Board Presentation:
Aug. 6, 2019

Briefing on wastewater issues to be evaluated in rate study including rate study process and objectives.

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SAWS Board Presentation:
July 2, 2019

Request to approve consulting agreement with Raftelis Financial Consultants. Presentation about vendor and review of proposed timeline for rate study.

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SAWS Board Presentation:
June 4, 2019

Briefing of the rate study process including trends impacting finances, current rate structure and SAWS rates compared to other large Texas cities.

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SAWS Board Presentation:
May 7, 2019

Overview of the scope and purpose of cost of service and rate design study to be conducted in 2019.

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2015 SAWS Rate Study Report

Analysis report used to develop recommendations for the cost of service and rate structures for SAWS' water and wastewater utilities.

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Rate Advisory Committee Nomination Application

SAWS is seeking nominations for appointment to Rate Advisory Committee. Applications are due by July 31.

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RFP for Cost of Service and Rate Design Study

RFP issued March 2019 requesting proposals from a consultant or consulting firm to analyze and provide recommendations to SAWS about the rate structure.

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