The San Antonio Water System has agreed to spend an additional $492 million in repairs and upgrades to the sewer system as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
SAWS Vice President Greg Flores says it's part of a settlement with the EPA.
"It's a responsible commitment to comply with the law and to invest in our city sewer infrastructure so that we can reduce sewer spills and protect our community and the environment," Flores said.
He told 550 KTSA News that the $492 million approved by the board Tuesday is in addition to the money SAWS already had planned to spend on the sewer system.
"So over the next 10 years, we estimate that we will be investing over a billion dollars in our sewer system here in San Antonio," said Flores.
SAWS also will pay a $2.6 million fine to the EPA and TCEQ.
While water rates will go up, Flores maintains that local water bills will remain among the lowest in the state.