SAWS: SAWS Organization & Leadership - Distribution & Collection Operations
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

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 by providing:

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 that vehicles and heavy equipment are properly maintained and in good working condition.

Preventative 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, reducing water loss.

SAWS distribution and collection crews are mobilized from six strategically located service centers throughout the city: Eastside, Mission Road (south central), Northeast and Northwest. Medio and Dos Rios have recently been added as part of the integration of the DSP infrastructure.

Mike Brinkmann, Vice President Distribution and Collection Operations

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Mike Brinkmann

Vice President
Distribution and Collection Operations

A SAWS employee since 1994, 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.

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

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.