From a voluntarily agreed upon consent decree with the EPA to a lawsuit by the family of deceased BCSO Deputy Sheriff’s family, San Antonio Water System continues to face serious challenges to maintaining and fixing its infrastructure and water & sewage pipes. Every time there is a Sanitary Sewage Overflow (SSO) in the system, it has to be reported to the EPA. The system has to be corrected in order to get out of the unnecessarily agreed upon San Antonio Water System’s incredibly expensive Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Consent Decree basically forces SAWS to engage expensive Consultants to act on the decree with the Environmental Protection Agency.
In April, SAWS Board Members met in Executive Session to have a “Consultation with attorneys regarding potential claims for damages arising out of the design of the Southwest Bexar Sewer Pipeline project.” This legal action is a consequence of a sink hole on Dec. 4, 2016 which led to the accidental drowning of Bexar County Sheriff Deputy, Doralinda Solis Nishihara. Doralinda Solis Nishhara drowned after her car fell downward, flipping upside down to the bottom of the sink hole due to a sewage pipe breaking. Was this an old pipe? Was this a pipe that should have already been repaired or replaced already? Why was the pipe susceptible to the water overflow? There are lots of design and maintenance questions to be answered.
SAWS reported that there had been four different sewer spill overflows, SSOs, so far on that same day, December 6th.
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