The SAWS board has agreed to an increase in your monthly water bill, and it is a result of a state fee. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has assessed new fees, and SAWS has decided to pass that cost on to the consumers by starting a separate line item on your monthly bill to explain the increase in fees.
Luckily, the fee won't be much, as each household should only see an increase of less than .50. However, SAWS themselves plan on a small fee increase sometime in 2010 as well, meaning your bill could be raised twice next year.
Though both fee raises should be rather small even when combined, with CPS fees being raised as well, one has to wonder how much we will be paying for our utilities by the end of next year.
For the full breakdown of the fee increases and why they are needed, see the article in the San Antonio Business Journal.