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Aquifer Beaker

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

Human Resources

The Human Resources Department is responsible for all aspects of human resources and risk management administration for SAWS. The group primarily engages in attracting, developing and retaining a qualified workforce to help SAWS reach its organizational goals and mission through a focus on excellence and continuous improvement.

Compensation and Benefits – Develops, implements and manages effective and cost-efficient employee compensation and benefits programs to attract and retain a competitive, productive workforce.

HRIS – Manages all aspects of the Human Resources Information System (HRIS), including data integrity, system functionality and capability.

Employment and Staffing – Provides recruitment and staffing programs to attract qualified, diverse candidates for employment.

Employee Development – Develops, implements and administers employee development and training programs to maximize workplace productivity, and promote employee career and self-development.

Employee Relations – Promotes healthy workplace relationships between employees by providing professional human resources consulting for effective employee performance management and discipline. 

Risk Management –Manages all facets of the comprehensive commercial insurance program as well as premises risk assessments. Claims staff processes workers compensation, liability, casualty and subrogation claims, while safety staff develops and coordinates safety programs and activities to ensure a safe work environment for all employees.


Sharon De La Garza, Vice President Human Resouces and Risk Management

Sharon De La Garza
Sharon De La Garza

Vice President
Human Resouces and Risk Management

De La Garza, with SAWS since 2012, moved up the ranks with the City of San Antonio where she served as assistant city manager and chief human resources officer. During her work for the city, she led several major initiatives including major revisions to employee benefits and compensation plan designs as well as a citywide consolidation of human resources staff.

The Harvard University graduate is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, International Hispanic Network and World at Work Association. She also has attended the Harvard Business School Summer Program for Strategic Human Resources Management.

At SAWS, De La Garza oversees corporate staffing, compensation and benefits, corporate training, employee relations, risk management and organizational development for nearly 2,000 employees.