By Pilar Arias
The San Antonio Water System is hosting an Affordability Program Fair Saturday to let people know about the six programs to assist qualifying customers with their water bill.
“We’re just trying to help out to making sure people can always have water,” SAWS CEO Robert Puente said during a block walk in District 4 Tuesday morning.
Puente said now is a great time to let people know about the options available to them, since SAWS bills are expected to increase to pay for upcoming infrastructure projects. He was joined by Councilman Rey Saldana, who was happy to learn one of the families contacted during the block walk is eligible to save $14 a month on their utility bill.
“Whether it’s this family that might be spending it on grandchildren or making sure that they’re secure for the next few meals coming down the line,” Saldana said.
In 2000, SAWS and city council made a commitment to ensure water would remain affordable for customers.
The Affordability Program Fair will take place from 9 a.m.-noon May 20 at Indian Creek Elementary School, 5830 Old Pearsall Road. As an added benefit to attendees, SAWS is sponsoring a San Antonio Food Bank mobile pantry, which is able to distribute food for up to 500 families who qualify.
For more information about SAWS affordability programs click here.