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August 17, 2010

     
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American Water Works Company, Inc. Names Jeff Sterba as President and Chief Executive Officer

VOORHEES, N.J., Aug 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) has announced that Jeffry Sterba has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, and elected to the Board of Directors, effective today. Sterba is succeeding Donald Correll, who is leaving the company.

"The past four and a half years as President and CEO of American Water have been deeply rewarding," Correll said. "Our team has accomplished a turnaround of the Company, successfully concluded the largest utility IPO in U.S. history and re-established the American Water brand. We have built a solid foundation, generated strong revenue and earnings growth, and achieved significant operating efficiencies. American Water is well-positioned for continued success."

"We are grateful to Don for his leadership and years of service," said George MacKenzie, Non-Executive Chairman of American Water. "His insights and collaboration with the board will help ensure a seamless management transition."

"The entire board is pleased to name Jeffry Sterba as President and CEO of American Water," MacKenzie continued. "Jeff is a seasoned utility industry executive who has the proven leadership ability and experience to uphold American Water's position as the single largest enterprise protecting the nation's public health standards and take the company to the next level of performance."

"American Water has an opportunity to realize its full potential by enhancing its organizational focus on operations," said Sterba. "I will conduct a full review over the next few months that will include a listening tour of internal and external stakeholders, examining the business structure and identifying opportunities for growth, and assessing American Water's role in the national conversation about responsible water use and sustainability."

"I have already relocated to the Philadelphia area and am looking forward to joining the talented people at American Water. Together, we will continue to strengthen our leadership position in the industry and deliver exceptional value to our customers and shareholders," Sterba added.

Jeff Sterba brings years of exceptional operational experience and a wealth of industry knowledge to American Water. He currently serves as Chairman of PNM Resources, Inc., the parent company of PNM, Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP), and First Choice Power. Most recently Sterba served as Chairman and CEO of PNM Resources from 2000 until March 2010. Since joining PNM in 1977, he has held a succession of positions including Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President Bulk Power Services, Senior Vice President Asset Restructuring, Senior Vice President Retail Electric & Water Services and Vice President Revenue Management. From 1998 to 2000, Sterba was Executive Vice President of United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a global energy company headquartered in Maryland.

Sterba is a nationally recognized thought leader in the areas of energy policy, climate change legislation, renewable energy, and sustainability. He has served as chair of Edison Electric Institute, the national association of shareholder owned utilities, and chair of the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit center for energy and environment research. He serves on the board of directors of the Meridian Institute and is a member of the Business Environmental Leadership Council for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. He also previously served on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a recipient of the Keystone Leadership in Industry Award and numerous other national and local honors.

He has been actively involved in community and economic development efforts. He served as a community board member for Wells Fargo of New Mexico, on the board of directors of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, and as a member of the Kirtland Partnership Committee. He has also chaired the Albuquerque Economic Forum, United Way of Central New Mexico, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the Middle Rio Grande Business Education Compact.

 

 

Managing One Water, a National Dialogue

The Clean Water America Alliance (Alliance) will host the third and culminating event in a series of national dialogues on September 28 & 29, in Los Angeles. Managing One Water will bring together the nation’s leading water policy experts and stakeholders to explore how our nation can begin to better integrate water management at the local and regional level. Participants are invited and observers are welcome. To register, click here.

Participants in the first two dialogues agreed that the seriousness of the challenges facing our country require the development of a new approach to water management – where we think differently, and holistically, about the problem and the solutions. New partnerships which seek to encourage the best from every organization can maximize innovation and creativity, yet provide a coherent vision and effective resources. Reports summarizing the first two dialogues can be downloaded from the Alliance website.

Highlights of Managing One Water will include a special keynote address by Peter Silva, Assistant Administrator of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. An evening reception (September 28th) will feature a screening of The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry. Jim Thebaut, Producer and President of The Chronicles Group, will be attending to talk about the film. For more information contact Lorraine Loken at 202-533-1819, or email lloken@CleanWaterAmericaAlliance.org.

Traditionally, primary control of the nation’s water resources has been in the hands of a diverse range of local or regional entities. Fragmentation in water resource management has occurred as state and federal agencies developed separate views (and regulations) for what is, essentially, the same resource. Today, a myriad of often disparate state approaches as well as federal laws and regulations exist, many of which treat the same resource differently, and some of which are in conflict with each other. The silo thinking of the past has kept clean water, drinking water, stormwater, water reuse, energy and agriculture interests segregated and does not encourage comprehensive thinking, planning and management of our waters on the transformational scale needed.

Managing One Water is being sponsored by MWH Americas, AECOM, Siemens Water Technologies, Black & Veatch, United Water, GE Power & Water, HDR, Veolia, and Malcolm Pirnie. Supporting organizations include the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA), California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA), The Conservation Fund, International Water Association (IWA), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), National Rural Water Association (NRWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), WateReuse Association, Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA), and Western Coalition of Arid States (WESTCAS).

The Clean Water America Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to bring together a diverse array of interests to create one integrated, national water policy for America that advances holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. A broad cross-section of interests have come together through the Alliance to begin this important dialogue on the future with a focus on providing clean and safe waters to future generations.

 

 

David Shehee Awarded Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award

David Shehee, supervisor of water quality and environmental compliance for Kentucky American Water, has been awarded the Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award by the Kentucky/Tennessee Section of the American Water Works Association. The award, named for a long-time volunteer leader in AWWA, recognizes Shehee for his efforts on behalf of the international humanitarian organization, Water for People.

Shehee has helped raise awareness of, and funds for, Water for People through his role as a
member, and later chair, of the Kentucky/Tennessee AWWA Section’s Water for People
Committee. He has helped to launch a 5K Walk/Run for Fun and other efforts to raise dollars for Water for People projects in developing countries. As an employee of Kentucky American Water, he has been involved in the company’s annual Water for People workplace giving campaign.

Each spring Kentucky American Water joins with other American Water subsidiaries across the
nation and in Canada to raise funds for Water for People. In 2010, American Water raised
$193,227 for the organization, which includes a $50,000 American Water corporate
matching grant.

 

Severn Trent De Nora’s BALPURE Ballast Water Management System Authorized to Discharge Treated Ballast Water into the Waters of California

The S/R American Progress, a double-hull U.S. flag tank ship, operated by SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. and fitted with the BALPURE® ballast water management system from Severn Trent De Nora is authorized to discharge treated ballast water into the waters of California.

Authorization was granted by the California State Lands Commission in accordance with California Public Resources Code Section 71204.3(d), which authorizes vessels to manage their ballast water using alternative, environmentally sound methods of ballast water management that have been approved by the Commission or the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Acceptance of the S/R American Progress into the USCG Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program (STEP) is evidence of SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.’s proactive approach to preventing the introduction of nonindigenous species via ballast water discharge.

The S/R American Progress may continue to discharge treated ballast water with the BALPURE system into California waters as long as the vessel remains in the USCG STEP and operates in accordance with the specific conditions of STEP. The California State Lands Commission also considers the vessel to be in compliance with the state’s performance standards for a period not to exceed five years from the date that the interim performance standards are implemented for this vessel class on January 1, 2016.

BALPURE is a patented ballast water management system that generates biocides, meters and analyzes the residual level of both biocides and neutralizing agents and logs the performance of the overall system. The system exceeds IMO performance standards for ballast water management and is proven as an effective and economical device to treat ballast water with no adverse effects on the environment. The system features a modular design which is ideal for retrofit or new build installations where the configuration of the vessel is fixed. Basic approval of the BALPURE system was granted under the “procedure for approval of ballast water management systems that make use of active substances (G9)” adopted by the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee’s resolution MEPC.169(57).

 

SouthWest Water Board of Directors Elects Linda Griego Independent Chair of the Board

SouthWest Water Company announced that its board of directors elected Linda Griego as the new independent chairman of the board. Linda Griego served on the company's board from December 2001 until May 2006, then returned in December 2006 to fill a departing board member's vacancy. Griego brings executive management experience and expertise in government relations and publically appointed positions to the SouthWest Water Board. She is president and chief executive officer of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company founded in 1986. She redeveloped and renovated a historical landmark building that houses Engine Co. No 28, a prominent restaurant in downtown Los Angeles she founded in 1988. From 1990 to 2000, Griego held a number of government and public service appointments including deputy mayor of Los Angeles, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank and Rebuild LA. Griego has served as a director of the publicly-traded CBS Corporation since 2007, and AECOM Technology Corporation since 2005. She is also a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and serves on the board of the Community Development Technologies Center. During the past five years, she was also a director of City National Corporation, Granite Construction Incorporated and Blockbuster, Inc.

 

Two United Water Employees Receive Water For People Awards

United Water announced that Water for People recently honored Mike Post van der Burg and the late Pasquale “Pat” Radice with the prestigious Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award. The presentation was made during the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago.

The Founders’ Award is a special recognition for volunteers who show outstanding service to Water For People’s international humanitarian effort. “We are thrilled to have a rich and diverse volunteer corps to assist Water For People in realizing our vision where nobody dies from water or sanitation related disease,” said Edward Breslin, Water For People CEO.

Post van der Burg is an operator at the Millwood Water Treatment Plant in New Castle, NY. As a long-time member and chair of the AWWA New York Chapter of Water For People, he has been instrumental in supporting the work of the international organization. His creative approach to fund-raising includes co-hosting Comedy for Clean Water benefits in New York City featuring performers from “Comedy Central Presents.” In addition, he has worked with local artists and galleries to raise awareness and funds that help Water For People provide sustainable water and wastewater solutions in developing countries.

Radice served as the environmental compliance officer for United Water prior to his passing in 2008. He was deeply committed to the Water For People mission, protecting public health and preserving the environment. Radice’s volunteer efforts with Water For People had a lasting and impressive impact. His high professional standards were matched by his humanitarian efforts and his volunteer work to bring clean water and sanitation to people in Central America. United Water honored their colleague last year by establishing the Pat Radice Scholarship for Environmental Studies.

“We are honored that Water For People selected Mike and Pat to receive the Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award,” said Bob Iacullo, president of United Water. “We’re very proud of their personal commitment to improving the lives of others. We at United Water, along with our parent company SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, have a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility. These men demonstrate the values we share as we strive to provide access to one of life’s most essential resources.”

 

Illinois American Water Awards Firefighter Grants to Area Fire Departments

Illinois American Water awarded two firefighter grants totaling $3,000 to area fire departments as a part of the company’s new Firefighter Grant Program. The program was created to provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.

Firefighting grants awarded include $1,500 to Bondville Fire and Rescue for the purchase of protective gear and $1,500 to St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District for a 4-gas toxic gas monitor to sense unseen threats including Carbon Monoxide and Natural Gas.

“We are committed to supporting our local fire departments. This is another way we can help out with fire protection in the communities we serve,” said Barry Suits, operations manager for the Champaign District. Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants up to $1,500 to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment and training materials.

Approximately 30 Firefighter Grants totaling over $45,000 were issued by Illinois American Water across the state.

 

New Jersey American Water Launches Food Drive

New Jersey American Water launched a state-wide food drive to help restock the shelves at the Community Food Bank of NJ. From August through the end of September, the company will use television and radio commercials, as well as communications such as customer bill inserts to encourage contributions to the state’s largest food bank.

“According to a recent report by The New Jersey Federation of Food Banks, its members are providing emergency food for an estimated 830,200 of our fellow New Jersey residents annually. That’s a 45 percent increase in just four years,” said John Bigelow, president of New Jersey American Water. “So, we and the other members of the New Jersey Utility Association are each undertaking food drives throughout the year as part of NJUA’s United to Feed Those in Need effort.”

People wishing to help fight hunger in the Garden State can do so from their computers by simply visiting www.newjerseyamwater.com and clicking on the Help “Fight Hunger in New Jersey” link. Visitors will be able to "shop" through a selection of food products needed by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. When you're finished shopping, go directly to the virtual checkout (no waiting in line needed), pay your bill online and the rest will be taken care of by the food bank. All major credit cards are accepted.

“Rather than going to the grocery store, searching your pantry or dropping off donated goods, you can simply click and give,” said Bigelow.