The Competition Clinic: Join In-Person or Online, or Launch Offline

In light of rapidly changing circumstances in the pandemic, SA Smart 2022 teams can now "launch" in three different ways: In-Person, Online, or Offline.​

  1. In-Person: Join us in-person on January 28th at SAMSAT, as noted on our schedule.

  2. Online: Join us online on January 28th at SAMSAT, as noted on our schedule.

  3. Offline: Watch the videos, and attest to the same, as your launch

Let us know your choice when you register.

If you already registered, contact us with your choice.​

We'll get back to you with the information you need to participate.

2022 Files Defining the Competition

Available following the Launch Clinic

Google account required.

Upload or access problems?  Contact us.

Virtual Launch!

Interview with Mayor Ron, SAWS CEO Robert Puente, UT Austin Professor Dr. Michael Webber

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SA Smart YouTube Channel Link

  • The SA Smart YouTube Channel contains interviews from subject matter experts on different topics related to the competition. It features:

  • Michael Kampstra, SAW's Senior Director of Infrastructure on the topic of cybersecurity

  • Greg Wukasch, Manager of Communications, Community Outreach at SAWS on the topic of Affordability/Equity

  • Jaime Castillo, SAW's Chief of Staff/VP Operations – Office of the President/CEO on the topic of water and energy

  • Steven Clouse, SAW's Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Office on the topic of Weatherization and Resiliency

  • Karen Guz, SAW's Senior Director of Conservation on the topic of Water Conservation

  • Meghan Patronella, Interim Director of Operational Excellence at SAWS on the topic of Advanced Metering Infrastructure

  • Gregg Eckhardt, Senior Analyst in the SAWS's Office of the Chief Operating Officer on the topic of Wastewater Treatment and Flushable Wipes

  • Sandie Thompson, SAW's Manager of Talent Acquisition on the topic of workforce development

  • Jacob Covarrubias, SAW's Director of Continuous Improvement and Innovation on the topic of DATA analytics

  • Ryan Beltrán, Founder of Elequa and the MakeWater.org program

  • Anne Hayden, Manager of Communications at SAWS

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCca_4CmqD-dJaRJcOVGvkuw/featured

 

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) YouTube Channel Link

  • This is a link to the SAWS YouTube channel that contains many educational videos on different topics, including conservation, water quality, water resources, tours, and more. These videos could be useful to identify problems and create solutions or improvements. 

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxgY4a3npOtEKNYqyKY3n2Q

 

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) YouTube Video: “A Story of Sustainability”

  • This link guides you to a video posted on the SAWS YouTube Channel titled “A Story of Sustainability.” The video highlights the problem of over-pumping from the Edwards/Endangered Species Act that ultimately led to the creation of SAWS and many of their conservation programs.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQuC1hfPgN4

 

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Direct Contact

  • Heather Ginsburg is the Education Programs Coordinator for the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and has kindly offered herself as a direct resource. Feel free to contact her directly for questions or virtual tours.

  • Heather.Ginsburg@saws.org or 210-233-2906

 

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Other Helpful Links

 

Texas-American Water Works Association (TAWWA) WaterGeek Videos

  • The website for the Texas section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) contains a ton of videos that would be useful, including the WaterGeek Videos. These videos will help you learn more about what’s involved in the process of delivering safe and clean water to communities. They are designed for all audiences and all age groups, and can be use in schools, community meetings, and other opportunities to help the public understand how utilities operate.

  • https://vimeopro.com/texasawwa/watergeek-videos

 

Texas-American Water Works Association (TAWWA) Website

  • Like previously stated, the website for the Texas section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has a lot of resources available for those interested in learning more. On the website is where you can find a link to their other online resources, utility communication webcasts, careers information, and more. 

  • https://www.tawwa.org/

 

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

  • Our state regulatory agency (TCEQ) upholds the idea of maintaining water quality and availability for municipalities, businesses, and homeowners. Their website has a lot of important information about water, including Drinking Water, Surface Water Rights and Availability, wastewater and stormwater, and more. 

  • https://www.tceq.texas.gov/agency/water_main.html

 

GardenStyle How-To

 

Make Water Direct contact

  • "The Make Water program was created to empower students who want to make a difference in the world." 

  • Ryan Beltran, founder of Make Water, has volunteered himself as a direct contact for the students.

  • www.makewater.org or ryan@makewater.org