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The San Antonio riverwalk uses treated waste water to keep things flowing. In this photo, torchbearer Frederico Ng carries the Olympic Flame along the Riverwalk during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay in San Antonio, Texas.

All About The San Antonio Water System (SAWS)

Background

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is a public utility owned by the City of San Antonio. SAWS was created in 1992 through the consolidation of the City Water Board, City Wastewater Department, and Alamo Water Conservation and Reuse District.

The San Antonio Water System now serves over 1.6 million people and has spear-headed water conservation efforts in the region to offset the sixty-seven percent increase in population growth. As a result, San Antonio has witnessed a forty-two percent reduction in per-capita water usage.

In addition to its conservation programs, SAWS has expanded its water resource portfolio by pursuing water recycling, water storage services, and brackish water desalination.

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Edwards Aquifer Authority Manager Placed on Leave

EAA general manager Karl Dreher was let go Tuesday evening.

Karl Dreher, the general manager for the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA), has been placed on paid administrative leave. An EAA spokesperson confirmed the news today to StateImpact Texas, which was first reported in the San Antonio Express-News. The Authority manages the groundwater district of the Edwards Aquifer, which includes San Antonio and many of the [...]

The Secrets Behind San Antonio’s Water Conservation Success

SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente says San Antonio could be a model for water conservation the rest of the state.

San Antonio is something of a poster-child for smarter water use in Texas. The city has reduced its per-capita water usage by 42 percent over the last few decades, despite one of the fastest-growing populations in the country. At the 2012 Texas Water Summit at the University of Texas at Austin’s Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science Monday, Robert Puente, the President and CEO [...]

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