By Pilar Arias
A group of concerned citizens met at the steps of city hall Wednesday morning to ask any city council member file what’s called a council consideration request to investigate the Vista Ridge Pipeline project.
The handful of people, including Alice Canestaro-Garcia, called the project economically irresponsible and and environmentally unsustainable. They allege San Antonio Water System lacks accountability and transparency.
However, SAWS issued the following statement:
“Vista Ridge remains one of the most transparent water projects ever undertaken by SAWS. Through unprecedented public negotiations and hundreds of community and public briefings, SAWS has kept the public informed and engaged in this historic project. This transparency, and the extensive due diligence by SAWS, and the public and private sectors, has resulted in unanimous votes of approval by the City Council and the SAWS Board. The Vista Ridge Project has become an international model of public private partnerships.”
Canestaro-Garcia said she and others have questions about financing and conflicts of interest with the project. The group is asking city leaders to rescind the Vista Ridge project immediately.