News Release

Department of Labor recovers more than $1.1M in back wages for 238 water reclamation workers after San Antonio company missed payrolls 

Water Energy Services LLC missed two payroll dates

SAN ANTONIO – A federal investigation of a San Antonio-based company has recovered more than $1.1 million in back wages for 238 employees whose employer failed to make payroll on two occasions on Dec. 26, 2022, and Jan. 8, 2023.

 The recovery follows a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation of Water Energy Services LLC, which provides water reclamation services for the energy industry, that determined the missed payrolls caused minimum wage and overtime violations.

 “Workers in the oil and gas industry make essential contributions to our region’s economy and its ability to grow,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Cynthia Ramos in San Antonio, Texas. “Federal law requires that employees are paid all their rightfully earned wages and benefits. Our investigation has helped us recover wages owed to Water Energy Services’ employees for their hard work.” 

Water Energy Services provides water management solutions for the energy industry using technology and other services to manage water usage, treatment and recycling in energy operations. The company has operations throughout Texas and in New Mexico.

 Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division. Workers and employers can call the division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243), regardless of where they are from. Calls are confidential and the department can speak with callers in more than 200 languages. 

Download the agency’s new Timesheet App for iOS and Android devices, now available in English and Spanish, to ensure hours and pay are accurate. 

Lea en Español

Wage and Hour Division
September 20, 2023
Release Number
Media Contact: Chauntra Rideaux
Media Contact: Juan Rodriguez
Share This