SAWS calling for Board of Trustee applicants

The City of San Antonio is seeking applicants for the San Antonio Water System Board of Trustees to replace its three longest-serving members, one representing the north half of the City and two representing the southeast quadrant and south half of the City.

The deadline to apply is June 25 at 5:00pm. The deadline was extended due to the City’s stay-at-home orders and a transition at the City Clerk’s office. Applications will be reviewed by the City’s Governance Committee. Their recommendations will then be voted on by the full Council.

Those appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees are tasked with oversight over one of the largest municipal water and sewer utilities in the country. SAWS has nearly 1,700 employees and serves 453,000 accounts. It is critically important that these seats be filled by business-oriented men and women, who will use their experience in finance, management, engineering, strategic planning, etc., to provide sage policy direction to SAWS CEO Robert Puente and his Team.

Plentiful, affordable potable water is necessary for our City to thrive and critical for economic growth. In addition, it will strategically poise San Antonio for success. Your Chamber has been able to offer a strong cadre of business leaders over the years whose knowledge and wisdom have put SAWS in a strong position. The pandemic and its economic effects going forward will make the next several years critical for SAWS.

Trustees must reside in the areas served by SAWS. Each member is appointed for a four-year term, with a maximum of two terms. One of four SAWS Trustees each represent a single quadrant of the utility’s service area (southwest, southeast, northwest and northeast). Two Trustees represent the northern or southern halves of the City. The mayor serves in an ex officio capacity. Click here for the SAWS quadrant map.

Diversity on the SAWS Board of Trustees is a top priority for the City. They aim to appoint community leaders who represent the various challenges and needs of the people SAWS serves. The Chamber urges you to please consider the role yourself, promote the opportunity to those strong leaders within your organization, or promote the public service opportunity to qualified individuals you engage with regularly.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice President of Public Policy at or by phone at 210-229-2462.


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