SAWS: SAWS Organization & Leadership - Chief Operating Officer
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 662.6'
11/17/17 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Year-Round Watering Hours

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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Aquifer Level 662.6 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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SAWS Organization & Leadership

Chief Operating Officer

Clouse's team of more than 800 water and wastewater professionals provides the essential services of water production and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, system maintenance, heating and cooling, fleet, technical services and energy management.

Distribution and Collection Operations – Operates, maintains and repairs the 9,000 miles of water distribution and wastewater collection systems ensuring our customers receive uninterrupted, quality potable water and associated wastewater services.

Engineering and Construction – Develops and manages the SAWS Capital Improvements Program and performs engineering analyses of existing facilities and new infrastructure planning to meet the demands of the growing community.

Laboratory Services – Provides analytical services; activities include sample testing, environmental and safety tests, regulatory reporting, analytical planning, training and quality assurance. The lab is certified by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference.

Production and Treatment – Provides the essential function of water and wastewater services to customers by 24-hour-a-day monitoring, operating and maintaining the production and treatment facilities.

Resource Protection & Compliance – Ensures water quality of the Edwards Aquifer is protected; enforces the regulatory requirements established to protect regional water quality; monitors best management practices at construction sites; utilizes an extensive sampling and monitoring network for compliance purposes.


Steve Clouse, COO & Senior Vice President

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Steve Clouse

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President

Clouse began his career with City of San Antonio in 1985 working in the analytical laboratory and pretreatment divisions. His positions within SAWS have included operations engineer, operations manager, operations director, technical services director, maintenance director and vice president of production and treatment.

He obtained his undergraduate degree in aquatic biology from Southwest Texas State University, and received his master's in public administration from Webster University. He currently holds the “A” level Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification and the Registered Environmental Manager Certification.