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What is some basic information about the San Antonio Water System?

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The San Antonio Water System is a public utility created by the city of San Antonio in 1992. Creation of the San Antonio Water System came from the consolidation of the City Water Board, the City Wastewater Department, and Alamo Water Conservation and Reuse District.

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What is some basic information about the San Antonio Water System?
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As a public utility, the San Antonio Water System delivers water and processes waste water for over 1.6 million consumers. It is also responsible for developing new water resources, conservation efforts and upgrading infrastructure.

Robert R. Puente, J.D., a former member of the Texas House of Representatives, is the President and CEO of the San Antonio Water System, as of 2015. Some projects that have been completed or begun since he took office in 2008 include the creation of the Edwards Aquifer Authority and the merging of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District into the system.

The San Antonio Water System is also leading efforts in the practice of desalination, which involves converting seawater or brackish water into drinkable water. The Texas legislature has not regulated the practice, although many representatives have shown support for it as a long-term solution to Texas' freshwater needs.

The San Antonio Water System has earned several awards, including the Texas Environmental Excellence Award.

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