2/26/1999 NBU trustees say yes to spring water sale

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2/26/1999 NBU trustees say yes to spring water sale - Vol. 148, No. 54 22 pages in 2 sections...
Vol. 148, No. 54 22 pages in 2 sections February 26,1999 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents By 4-1 margin, NBU trustees say yes to spring water sale : BY BILL O'CONNELL i Staff Writer : Mayor Jan Kennady was the lone voice of dissent Thursday as New Braunfels Utilities Utilities officials approved the sale of spring water to a commercial bottling company. ; "Some people have objected to this," Kennady said, referring to residents who called her at home recently to express their doubts about the water sale. Details of the agreement had not been finalized Thursday, but NBU officials said selling water from the Edwards Aquifer could earn the utility up to $277,500 a year. NBUfc board of trustees voted 4-1 Thursday in favor of drafting a resolution and a letter of intent supporting the proposal. Kennady voted against the plan, saying she believed the public did not support selling aquifer water and then being forced to follow water conservation guidelines. NBU general manager Paula DiFonzo said the proposed agreement represented only about 1 percent of the utility's total water sales, and compared the deal with contracts already held with other commercial commercial customers. "It's very much like a commercial customer^ customer^ coming onto the system," DiFonzo said. : " Some trustees said they endorsed the plan because it allowed the utility to make its water department profitable. "I've been in favor of this for a number of years," said trustee Guadalupe Castillo. NBU's water and sewer departments have traditionally lost money, although a highly profitable electric department has produced enough revenue to keqHhe utility out of die red. The most recent financial report for the current fiscal year showed NBU had generated generated a net income of $3.7 million, $752,349 above budgetary projections. NBU currently pumps about 7,600 < aere- feet of water annually from the Edwards Aquifer, DiFonzo said. The utility has the right to pump about 14,000 acre-feet per year. SeeNBU/5A

Clipped from New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung26 Feb 1999, FriPage 1

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (New Braunfels, Texas)26 Feb 1999, FriPage 1
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