State to San Antonio: No, You Can't Own Your Wastewater

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Several months after San Antonio Water System's bold move to secure ownership of its treated sewer water even after it gets released back into a public waterway, state regulators are saying they doubt that's possible. 

"Staff believes that TCEQ does not have authority under statute to issue a permit based on this application," wrote Michael Gill, a member of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's water availability division, in a letter to the utility. He went on to ask the water system, known as SAWS, for ...

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