San Antonio Undeterred by Record Drought

Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:06pm EDT

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Two-Year Drought Tackled Head-On with Sound Management by SAWS
SAN ANTONIO--(Business Wire)--
San Antonio Water System (SAWS) continues to assure the community that its water
supply is being managed with an eye towards the city`s future. As a responsible
water provider, SAWS is ensuring an ample supply of water for San Antonio`s
current and future needs. 

"We`re successfully managing this drought with the least possible impact on our
daily lives," noted Robert R. Puente, President/CEO of San Antonio Water System.
"By curtailing a few luxuries today -- like lush, green lawns -- we don't have
to worry about having enough water for our homes and businesses tomorrow." 

SAWS manages water supplies through drought management and long term water
conservation programs. As a result, residents and businesses are reducing lawn
irrigation and other non-essential water use to ensure "business as usual" in
San Antonio. Even in Stage Three and Stage Four drought restrictions, which San
Antonio has never before faced, there are no restrictions for water used in area
industry or business operations. 

Drought restrictions in place this June, for example, resulted in a 23%
reduction in pumped water compared to June 2008 when drought restrictions were
not in place. 

Long term, San Antonio is pumping the same amount of water today as it did
twenty years ago, despite a 50% growth in service population, leading the nation
in water conservation with programs to replace water-wasting toilets and the
nation`s largest direct recycled water system. 

"Medtronic is bringing 1,400 jobs to San Antonio, and both Whataburger and
Tindall Corporation are each expected to add another 250 jobs. We have the water
we need to thrive, and despite the driest 22-month period in more than a
century, our economy remains stronger than other parts of the nation," added
Puente. "We`re managing our water, not rationing it. Years of proven water
management have prepared us to ride out this dry spell." 

In addition, SAWS recently updated its 50-year water management plan to ensure
plentiful, quality and affordable water, now and for generations to come.
Through proactive planning, SAWS manages existing supplies, while developing new
water sources for the future. 

The 50-year plan includes expanding conservation and recycled water programs,
investing in additional aquifer storage and recovery programs, and exploring
opportunities for brackish water and ocean water desalination. 

Since 1992, San Antonio Water System, a municipally owned utility, has provided
leadership in managing and developing water resources in the San Antonio region.
Water and wastewater services are provided to more than one million consumers in
the San Antonio area. 

San Antonio Water System
Anne Hayden, 210-233-3622
Cell: 210-823-0194

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