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SAN ANTONIO — As San Antonio braces for another hot and dry summer, the city's water purveyor continues to work hard to promote water conservation in the city. San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has chosen 15 individuals and organizations in the city to receive 2008 Watersaver Awards for joining in the effort.
SAWS presented the awards at the utility's 12th annual Watersaver Awards luncheon. Local radio station KONO 101.1 and the San Antonio Business Journal are sponsors. Each year, SAWS honors businesses that have either increased their water-use efficiency or have promoted water conservation through education or technology.
Some of the award winners have invested in upgrades in their facility systems, retrofitted plumbing fixtures, converted to drought-tolerant landscaping or made changes to their operations. Collectively, WaterSaver Award winners over the years have reduced water consumption in San Antonio at a rate of 1.5 billion gallons per year. The awards recognition is designed to encourage more businesses to conserve water.
Finally, Kelly Gambill and Xamara Caballero have been selected as the 2008 Water Conservation Fellowship recipients. Gambill is a junior at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is pursuing a degree in civil engineering. Caballero is a graduate student at St. Mary's University and is pursuing a master of public administration degree. Caballero is a student member of the Texas City Management Association and has played an active role in many natural resource issues.
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