Who We Are
Who We Are
SAWS is a public utility owned by the City of San Antonio. It was created in May 1992 through the consolidation of its three predecessor agencies:
- City Water Board – the previous city-owned water supply utility.
- City Wastewater Department – the city government department responsible for sewage collection and treatment.
- Alamo Water Conservation and Reuse District – an independent city agency created to develop a system for reuse of treated wastewater.
Since the formation of SAWS, San Antonio has been recognized nationally for its novel conservation efforts and proactive water management planning, making San Antonio water's most resourceful city.
SAWS management continues to fine-tune the corporate structure to maximize productivity and efficiency.
San Antonio Water System is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees responsible for overall policy and management of the system.
SAWS serves more than 1.6 million people, including customers of the former Bexar Metropolitan Water District, in Bexar County and surrounding areas.
SAWS Board of Trustees adopted new mission and vision statements and reaffirmed values – all of which will serve as the foundation to guide the utility forward through 2015.
Community participation is reciprocal at SAWS. In the interest of public input into our operations and planning, five citizens' groups are learning about water issues and advising SAWS board and staff. Meanwhile, our employees are impacting the community through volunteerism.
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