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

Aquifer Level 684.4'
5/16/19 - 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 684.4 | 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.

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.

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 SAWS in 2006 to serve as intergovernmental & external relations manager. His extensive knowledge in statewide and San Antonio water policy as well as his experience with the legislative process and state agency rulemaking has helped SAWS through historic legislative and executive initiatives.

In 2011, Burton was appointed to chief of staff, directing the board functions and leading strategic initiatives from the CEO's office, including starting the first continuous improvement and innovation department at SAWS.

As vice president of Water Resources & Governmental Relations, Burton develops, manages and maintains an abundant water supply for one of the nation's largest municipally-owned water utilities, in a fast-growing region in Texas. He also oversees one of the nation's largest water public private partnership (P3) efforts — the Vista Ridge regional water supply project. Burton's group also leads the aquifer protection, water quality and stormwater functions for SAWS, and several citywide regulatory compliance efforts. Additionally, he continues to lead the regional, state and federal governmental relations and policy efforts for the utility. 

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 overseas in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1993.