City leaders have approved a 142-mile pipeline that will carry more than 16 billion gallons of water to San Antonio for at least 30 years.
The city council on Thursday approved a pipeline that will be built and operated by the San Antonio Water System and a private consortium. The line will transport water from below Burleson County west to San Antonio.
City officials say the project will relieve dependence on the Edwards Aquifer and the San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/1wl672N ) it will expand the amount of available water by up to 20 percent.
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Critics have focused on rate hikes in excess of 20 percent to fund the pipeline and other infrastructure work.
Mayor Ivy Taylor says a balance must be found between the city's water needs and environmental stewardship.