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I oppose SA hose video image Media Release!: New Water Coalition Move on Vista Ridge! Calls for independent managerial, financial and legal audit and ordinance to rein in San Antonio Water System (SAWS).

Today, please call your State Officials and Governor Greg Abbott, 512-463-2000 and. if you live in San Antonio, call Mayor Nirenberg and your City Council Member at 210.207.7040, webpage here. Ask them to support a full and transparent investigation of the San Antone Hose before it begins pumping in April 2020.

Protect our water and wallets!

Read Vista Ridge Resolution Coalition letter to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and 10 Council members here and the 10 page backup document, both released on September 12, 2019, here=> Why Pass the Vista Ridge Resolution and Why Now?

Background Materials:

Read our position paper:  Vista Ridge: Vista Buena or Vista Mala?

Read our paper on Vista Ridge Project Financial Questions Answered Nov 18 2015

Read this helpful fact sheet from the Hill Country Alliance about Vista Ridge

League Testimony, San Antonio City Council Rate Hikes, November 19, 2015

Homeowners-Taxpayer Association of Bexar County Testimony, San Antonio City Council Rate Hikes, November 19. 2015

Texas Tribune coverage of November 19, 2015 SAWS rate hearing

Looking for the 50%+ rate hikes San Antonio is imposing on their ratepayers for Vista Ridge? Rate Hike Charts

Read Dr. Curtis Chubb in the Rivard Report, Nov. 16, 2015: Commentary: Is the Vista Ridge Groundwater Reliable? and his recent report in the Cameron Herald here and here.

Read this letter by SA Council's own appointed Environmental Committee on questions left unanswered over a year after the contract was signed. 

Looking for hydrologist George Rice's report on Vista Ridge?  Click here

To order a yard sign or larger seen above, go here.

Click here to see a much better map for the Vista Ridge pipeline than the one on this page.

Be sure to visit our News page which contains lots of up-to-date information about Vista Ridge.

Vista Ridge Resolution Coalition

Vista Ridge was permitted by the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater District

On October 30, 2014, after just two weeks of playing hide and seek with a 616-page $3.4B contract, the San Antonio City Council voted unanimously to ram the Vista Ridge contract through. It is a massive giveaway to the real estate lobby that intends to have SAWS (San Antonio's water utility) reverse course on being a leader in water conservation. Now, SAWS will be peddling water from Burleson County along the 142-mile pipeline endangering not one, but two aquifers and affordable water supply to millions of central Texans.

Please join us at upcoming events, sign up to receive our emails and do join the League. It is time for the independent voters of Texas to be heard -- by the millions!

More on why Vista Ridge can do such harm:

  • Start with these dueling op-eds by our own Michele Gangnes (Lee County water activist) and San Antonio Joe Krier (District 9).
  • Vista Ridge is a risky public-private partnership, go here and a bad deal for urban and rural Texas, go here.
  • This Texas Tribune piece by San Antonio's Amy Hardberger gives an excellent overview.
  • Vista Ridge' is a big real estate grab to continue developing in areas without water, go here.
  • San Antonio ratepayers don't want the rate hikes to pave over their own sensitive Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, go here and here.
  • Vista Ridge could damage the critical aquifer of the Post Oak Savannah and the Lost Pines, go here and here.
  • A bit of San Antonio news coverage on Vista Ridge, go here.
  • Did you see this great KLRU-TV water special? Watch for the Stop the Water Grab sign as our friend, Andy Meyer of Paige, does a great interview, go here.
  • Video of the October 30, 2014 public hearing before the San Antonio City Council and San Antonio Express-News coverage here.
  • For the fascinating and rather sordid history of water leasing that preceded Vista Ridge, we suggest you read this incredible reprint of a 2006 article in the San Antonio News Express on the Trans-Texas Corridor News blog.


  • We are developing plans along the 142-mile pipeline and for the 2015 legislative session.
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  • Make a donation and join to the League of Independent Voters! Learn more here.

Use the share buttons at the end of this page and get your friends across Texas to slow down the Vista Ridge water and money grab now! Wanna help? Call us at 512.213.4511 or go to our contact section.



  1. I got involved in Vista Ridge issue late and do not have any experience in these issues. But after experiencing the process, if the Vista Ridge is to be stopped; the cost burden has to be shifted to those that will benefit from it the most, the suits. The present cost burden is discriminatory, lower income people are bearing too much of the cost. Plus the cost should be born by each county the pipeline transits through. If this happens, you will get peoples attention. Then sanity will prevail. I hope I can make it to your meeting on the 22nd. Thanks

  2. I wonder if charter amendments could block water sales to the small cities the marketeers expect to sell to. Worth consideing, I think.

    Local Ballot Initiatives is a 30 page booklet that explains the city initiative process reflecting on research that looked at all 50 states.
    The doc can be downloaded and copies can be had at no cost by contacting the Lucy Burns Institute in Madison, Wisconsin: Note pages 11 and 12.

    Barry Klein

  3. SAWS will make a presentation at the Highland Park Neighborhood Association Meeting on Wed., Nov. 18, 2015 @ 6:30 P.M., 901 Rigsby.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. Can you go and ask them why they’re losing 32 million gallons per day and they want ratepayers to pay for an additional 44 million gallons per day for Vista Ridge?

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