Chamber supports Belmares appointment to SAWS Board

Today, the City’s Governance Committee moved to support a recommendation to City Council to appoint Ed Belmares to the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Board of Trustees. Your Chamber sent a letter to Mayor and City Council earlier this week endorsing Mr. Belmares as the most qualified and viable candidate for the vacant seat representing the Southeast quadrant.

As San Antonio’s oldest and largest business organization, the Chamber has offered a strong cadre of business leaders as candidates to serve on the SAWS Board of Trustees over the years. These individuals have brought knowledge in a wide variety of disciplines, such as finance, engineering, manufacturing, the law and banking, and their wisdom has put SAWS in a strong fiscal and administrative position.

We have continually advocated for long-term solutions to ensure an affordable and available supply of water for San Antonio and the surrounding region. The current pandemic and its economic effects will make the next several years crucial for SAWS. That is why it is critically important that the vacancy on the SAWS Board be filled by a business-minded individual who will use their experience in finance, management and strategic planning to provide sage policy direction to SAWS CEO Robert Puente.

The Chamber has remained focused on promoting reasonable water and sewer rates and long-term economic certainty for existing and new businesses, as well as for our residents. This simple formula has provided our community with an important competitive advantage in our collective quest for corporate relocations and expansions that have created jobs and economic opportunity.

Mr. Belmares’ experience as a successful small businessman and former city and CPS Energy executive provide him with a strong understanding of utilities and the role they play in our city’s economic growth. This same experience also makes him a strong candidate to work with the other members of the Board to guide the policy direction of SAWS and address the challenges and needs of our region.

We look forward to full City Council support and a positive vote. The recommendation may go before City Council later this month or early next month. Count on your Chamber to keep you posted.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice President of Public Policy at

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