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Mike Brinkmann - VP Distribution & Collection Operations

Mike Brinkmann

VP Distribution & Collection Operations

A SAWS employee since 1994, Brinkmann oversees an operating budget of $42 million and a team of more than 500 employees. He is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of water distribution and wastewater collection systems.

Brinkmann has headed up significant projects including the corporate headquarters relocation and the design and construction of the Aquifer Storage and Recovery project.

Brinkmann earned a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has attended Texas A&M’s School of Construction and Project Management.

Distribution & Collection Operations

The Distribution and Collection Operations Group operates, maintains and repairs the water distribution and wastewater collection systems ensuring our customers receive uninterrupted, quality potable water and associated wastewater services.

This is accomplished through:

Emergency Response – Provides critical support to SAWS customers and crews 24/7.

Fleet – Provides vehicles, equipment and maintenance service, and fuel for company employees; maintains corporate vehicle pool program; ensures vehicles and heavy equipment are properly maintained.

Preventive Maintenance Programs – Ensures the integrity of water and wastewater infrastructure.

Construction Crews – Offers in-house construction expertise, including asphalt and concrete services, to improve service restoration and increase customer satisfaction.

Sewer Televising Programs – Equips management to make informed decisions while helping protect the quality of the Edwards Aquifer.

Sewer Line Cleaning – Reduces potential for back-ups due to debris and grease.

Leak Detection Program – Ensures water leaks are identified to reduce water loss.


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