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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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SAWS Enters Exclusive Global Network: The Leading Utilities of the World

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) was inducted into the Leading Utilities of the World (LUOW) during the American Water Summit on Nov. 29-30 in Austin. SAWS was recognized for outstanding achievements in stakeholder engagement, overall utility productivity and environmental impact.

Leading Utilities of the World is a network of the world's most forward-thinking water and wastewater utilities. Its members represent the gold standard of utility innovation and performance throughout the developed world’s water sector and include representatives from Denmark, Norway, Scotland, The Netherlands, Budapest, Japan, Australia, and Singapore. In the United States, members include Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York. SAWS is the only Texas member.

LUOW inductees must be nominated by other gold-standard utilities and complete a rigorous interview and selection process. Current members questioned the nominated utility leaders during a multi-round process on their presentations that had to demonstrate outstanding innovation in at least three areas of utility management and have an ambition to continue to drive performance in the years to come.

“This honor says a lot about the hard work and dedication of our 1,700 employees and the leadership of the Board of the Trustees,” said Robert R. Puente, SAWS President/CEO. “The application and interview process were challenging but it was well worth it to join this extraordinary group. The sharing of information with these other top-performing utilities will yield great benefits to our customers down the road.”

During the interview process, Puente presented SAWS’ parameters for innovation, achievements over the past five years, and laid out the objectives for the coming years. He shared how SAWS has met the challenge of planning around drought and water scarcity, the utility’s focus on developing new water resources and finally how SAWS is minimizing environmental impact with innovative wastewater management.

The purpose of LUOW is to create a global network of the world’s most successful and innovative water and wastewater utilities to help drive performance across the sector by recognizing achievement, providing a network for sharing ideas, and inspiring others to improve.

LUOW Members benefit from this recognition, and from the ongoing interaction in the LUOW online community, face-to-face meetings, and in-depth white papers produced by the Global Water Leaders Group. More information on LUOW is available at

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