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May 5, 2009
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Peter Cook

Peter Cook,
Executive Director, NAWC

Peter Cook, 1944 – 2009

Peter Cook, NAWC’s executive director, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, after a long battle with cancer.

On Peter’s passing NAWC Board President Don Correll said, “During his 13 years as executive director of NAWC, Peter committed himself fully to our Association, its values and membership. Without his leadership, NAWC simply would not be the organization that it is today. He brought a deep institutional knowledge of the industry, the inner workings of Washington and a passion for success that will remain with NAWC for a very long time. Peter’s work was dedicated to better our industry and making sure that the work we do is understood and valued.”

Peter was born Feb. 22, 1944, on Long Island, N.Y. He graduated from Clarkson University in 1966 and earned an MBA from American University in 1972. From 1979 to 1982, he was a deputy federal inspector for the Alaskan gas pipeline. After that, Peter was deputy director of the EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water until 1996, when he joined NAWC.

Peter successfully guided NAWC through many challenges and successes, including consolidation in the industry, post-9/11 security concerns, the expansion of public-private partnerships and growing international interests. He also directly oversaw the successful reauthorization and implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, among other legislative and regulatory successes.

The NAWC staff will undoubtedly feel the loss of its committed leader. Even through the toughest cancer treatments, Peter conducted his work with a passion and dedication that inspired those around him. As the executive director, he was approachable, accessible and eager to help his colleagues learn and succeed.

All who knew Peter knew him as a kind, thoughtful person and a man of great integrity. Outside of work, Peter held many interests and hobbies. He was an avid music collector and a skilled trombone player. He also enjoyed woodwork/furniture design, tennis and skiing. Peter was a devoted family man and loyal friend.

Peter is survived by his wife, Sharon Cook; two daughters, Heather Lutz and Leah Cook; and twin grandsons, Austin and Bassem Lutz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Water for People, 666 W. Quincy Ave., Denver, CO 80235 ( or the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.


American Water Named Water Company of the Year at GWI Global Water Awards

American Water Works Company, Inc., announced that it was named Water Company of the Year at Global Water Intelligence's Global Water Awards held on Monday, April 27, 2009 in Zurich, Switzerland. American Water was recognized for being a leader in the water industry and its commitment to delivering water solutions. The Water Company of the Year award was received by American Water's president and chief executive officer Don Correll following an address by the ceremony's keynote speaker, former United States Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore.

"As the largest investor-owned U.S. water services company, American Water is very pleased to receive this international award," said Correll. "Recognizing the many challenges our country faces in resolving major water and wastewater issues, American Water is proud to lead the way to delivering solutions. From desalination to infrastructure investment to curb water loss to partnerships with the public sector, we believe a collaborative and proactive approach is the best way to start and tackle what the EPA has described as a trillion dollar challenge."

Among American Water's 2008 accomplishments cited by the Global Water Awards were its re-establishment of the financial strength and operational excellence of its regulated business, its management of the United State's largest seawater desalination plant in Tampa Bay, securing two contracts with the U.S. military to provide water and wastewater services, completing the second largest IPO of the year in the U.S., and launching a new customer communications strategy.

The GWI Global Water Awards recognize excellence in the global water industry — the projects, technologies and people who have made a difference over the past year. The awards represent what the industry perceives as being the most deserving of merit during the year.


SouthWest Water Company Announces Management Changes

SouthWest Water Company announced that Cheryl Clary, the company’s former chief financial officer, has been named senior vice president of finance. David Stanton has been appointed interim chief financial officer in addition to his role as chief operating officer. Both changes are effective immediately.

Stanton joined SouthWest Water in November 2006 as executive vice president of corporate development and was named chief operating officer in December 2007. He has been in various operational and financial leadership roles within the industry for the past 20 years, including a period as divisional CFO within a large public company.

Stanton will be assisted in his role by Clary and Ben Smith, the company’s vice president of financial services. Smith is a certified public accountant and joined SouthWest Water in May 2006 as divisional chief financial officer for the company’s contract services business. He was promoted to his current role in January 2008 and is leading operational accounting through the current audit and restatement. Clary, who has been with the company since October 2004, will be assisting with the completion of the audit as well as various strategic matters.


American Water Names Robert MacLean President of California American Water

American Water Works Company, Inc., announced today that Robert MacLean will assume the role of president of California American Water. In this role, MacLean will lead the company's dedicated employees to serve customers throughout California. He will be the principal external contact for American Water in California and will dedicate significant time and energy to building and maintaining relationships with state and local officials, regulators and customers. MacLean will also work closely with the local operating staff to continue to enhance performance.

"Our service area in California spreads from the top to the bottom of the state," said Walter Lynch, president of regulated operations at American Water. "Rob's expertise and experience in both operations and in the industry make him well-suited to address the varying customer needs as well as to ensure we have a strong local presence in every community we serve."

MacLean has been with American Water since 2001. Prior to his new position, he was the director of field operations for New Jersey American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater to approximately 2.5 million people. In this role, MacLean was responsible for all customer field service operations including transmission and distribution activities, and field construction in northern New Jersey. He oversaw 280 employees in various locations across the state.

MacLean also served as the director of Network for New Jersey American Water, where he was responsible for the management of transmission and distribution and sewer collection systems for the company. This included more than 8,000 miles of water main, over 40,000 fire hydrants and 170,000 system valves. In this role, he led the effort to achieve regulatory compliance with preventative maintenance activities in the distribution system and improve customer service.

Prior to joining New Jersey American Water, MacLean served in various other roles within the American Water organization. He worked for the non-regulated business of American Water, serving as vice president of contract operations. In this role, MacLean was responsible for managing more than 30 large contract operations ranging in value from $30,000 to $13 million per year; he also directed approximately 750 employees in both the United States and Canada. He was responsible for drinking water production to more than 4 million people through several of the company's largest and most sophisticated treatment facilities and for wastewater services to 1.8 million people.

MacLean earned his master's in applied science in civil engineering from Polytechnique University in Montreal and his bachelor's in chemical engineering from McGill University, also in Montreal.

MacLean is replacing Kent Turner, who has served as president of California American Water since 2006.


Middlesex Water Company Partners with EPA’s WaterSense® Program

Middlesex Water Company announced it has teamed with the EPA’s WaterSense® Program to help consumers save water for future generations and reduce costs on their utility bills.

WaterSense aims to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through water-efficient products and simple water-saving practices. The program encourages consumers to look for WaterSense labeled products, which have been independently certified for efficiency and performance. It also promotes water-saving techniques that reduce stress on water systems and the environment.

“Middlesex Water Company is proud to be a WaterSense partner and to be promoting efficiency in water consumption and the availability of WaterSense labeled products through our Web site,” said Dennis W. Doll, president and CEO. “As we celebrate Earth Day later this week, a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for our environment, becoming a WaterSense partner takes on added significance as we realize that actions taken today have an impact on our natural resources for generations to come. Together, we can help ensure the availability of clean, safe drinking water for these future generations,” added Doll.

The average home, retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, can save 30,000 gallons of water per year. If one out of every 10 homes in the United States upgraded to water-efficient fixtures, more than 300 billion gallons per year could be saved, resulting in an annual cost savings of nearly $2 billion. WaterSense labeled products must meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance. Independently tested and certified products may bear the WaterSense label, which makes it easy for consumers to identify and select a variety of quality, water-efficient products and services for their homes and lawns.


New Jersey American Water Receives Governor’s Awards for Excellent Safety Record

By committing itself to maintaining a safe workplace, New Jersey American Water continues to earn the distinction of being an award-winning workplace. At the 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Safety, Health & Wellness Expo 2009 in Atlantic City on April 21, New Jersey American Water was honored in various categories with Governor’s Annual Occupational Safety and Health Awards. The company received 40 awards presented by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

“Safety is a top priority at New Jersey American Water and our employees are earnest in reducing and eliminating hazards,” said John Bigelow, president of New Jersey American Water. “Fulfilling our mission of delivering high quality, reliable water service to our customers depends on providing conditions for our dedicated and talented employees to do their jobs well. We are proud of our safety record and deeply honored to receive recognition of our efforts from the governor and the state of New Jersey.”


Middlesex Water Company Named Finalist in 2009 NJBIZ Green Leadership Awards

Middlesex Water Company has been named a finalist in the Green Education category of the inaugural NJBIZ Green Leadership Awards program. All finalists will be recognized, and the winners in each category will be announced, at an awards ceremony on June 2.

The NJBIZ Green Leadership Awards are designed to honor and highlight New Jersey's businesses and executives for their environmental achievements and initiatives. Green finalists were announced in the categories of Alternative Energy Use, Energy Conservation, Environmental Innovation, Green Building, Green Education, Pollution Prevention, Recycle/Reuse and Green Executive of the Year.

Middlesex Water is being recognized in the category of Green Education for its outreach efforts promoting wise water use. These efforts include Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) workshops, student contests, classroom presentations in local schools, customer education, and the company's role as an EPA WaterSense® partner. Middlesex Water was recognized in 2008 as the Outstanding Green Business of the Year by the Edison, N.J. Chamber of Commerce. The Green Leadership Awards is a program sponsored by NJBIZ, New Jersey's leading business news publication.


California American Water Names Andy Soule Northern Division General Manager

California American Water has announced the promotion of Andy Soule to the Northern Division general manager position. As general manager, Soule will be responsible for overseeing all the company’s Northern California districts, which includes 11 water systems within Sacramento, Sonoma and Placer counties. Soule began working for California American Water as an engineer in 2002.

“We are confident Andy will provide excellent customer service to our local customers,” said California American Water Vice President Tom Bunosky. “Andy brings to the job experience, proven skills and a proven track record in the industry.”

Soule’s resume includes more than 20 years of engineering and management experience with a variety of consulting firms. He possesses a bachelor of science, civil engineering degree from the University of Santa Clara and is a licensed professional engineer in California and Washington.


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