SAWS: SAWS Organization & Leadership - Governmental Relations & Water Resources
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 685.4'
11/15/18 - 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 685.4 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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SAWS Organization & Leadership

Water Resources and Governmental Relations

The Water Resources and Governmental Relations Group is responsible for developing, managing and maintaining an abundant water supply for one of the nation's largest municipally-owned water utilities, in a fast-growing region in Texas.

Responsibilities include:

Water Resources – Plans, develops and implements long-term, sustainable water supply projects, including the Vista Ridge Regional Water Supply Project, of one of the nation's largest public-private partnership (P3) efforts in the water sector.

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.

Governmental Relations – Manages key strategic relationships with elected officials and agencies at the regional, state and federal levels.


Donovan Burton, VP - Governmental Relations & Water Resources
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Donovan Burton

Vice President
Water Resources & Governmental Relations

Burton came to San Antonio Water System in 2006 to serve as an Intergovernmental & External Relations manager, with extensive knowledge in statewide and San Antonio water policy. His experience with the legislative process and state agency rulemaking has helped SAWS manage through historic legislative and executive initiatives.

In 2011, Burton became chief of staff for SAWS President/CEO Robert Puente and directed Board of Trustees functions. He also led strategic initiatives from the CEO's office, including standing up the utility's first continuous improvement and innovation department.

Prior to coming to SAWS, Burton worked for a local Texas state representative through five legislative sessions, where he served as the legislative committee director with primary responsibility over military and homeland security issues.

Burton received a bachelor's degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1993.