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

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 647.2'
6/18/18 - 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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Stage 2:
Water On Your Day

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day as determined by your address.

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Aquifer Level 647.2 | Stage 2: Water On Your Day

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SAWS Organization & Leadership

Water Resources and Governmental Relations

The Water Resources and Governmental Relations Group provides leadership in the development of organizational plans and strategic direction of the utility, with oversight of major project initiatives and key governmental relationships.

Responsibilities include:

Water Resources – Plans, develops and implements long-term, sustainable water supply projects.

Governmental Relations – Manages key strategic relationships with elected officials and agencies at the county, suburban, 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.

Burton was the legislative assistant to a local state representative through five sessions. He served as the legislative committee director with primary responsibility over military and homeland security issues. He recently served as statewide legislative committee chairman for the American Water Works Association Texas Section.

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.