The mission of the Safety, Security & Environmental Committee is to ensure that NAWC effectively conveys the leadership and proven compliance track record of regulated water and wastewater utilities as well as their exemplary performance in exceeding the industry’s voluntary standards. To do so, the Committee ensures that the Association has the information and data it needs to accurately portray regulated water in this context – a key component of advocacy around bolstering growth opportunities for members.
The Committee also serves as a hub for members to share best practices and insights regarding how to improve their own records for safety, physical and cyber security, public health and environmental compliance, especially with respect to issues around emerging contaminants, system resiliency, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery.
To accomplish these goals, the Committee
- Facilitates information sharing among members and with staff in an effort to develop best practices for improving overall safety, security, and environmental compliance track record among regulated water utilities;
- Educates the Board and NAWC membership generally about innovations in improving utilities’ safety, security, and environmental track records;
- Monitors the Association’s communications, public relations, and advocacy efforts to ensure that they are effectively communicating the sector’s robust track record and using that information as a means to highlight NAWC member companies’ outstanding record of compliance;
- Creates mechanisms for gathering – and making useful – data regarding safety, security, and environmental compliance records and related information for both regulated and public water utilities;
- Maintains and furthers the leadership of regulated water among the industry by spearheading internal and external dialogues with members and other experts regarding emerging safety, security, and environmental issues facing the water sector;
- Initiates cross-sector outreach in an effort to develop partnerships, address dependency issues, forge resiliency strategies and standards, and coordinate, wherever possible, mutually beneficial messaging.
Chair: Andy Gere, President and Chief Operating Officer, San Jose Water Company
Vice Chair: Donald Schumacher, Superintendent of Operations, Connecticut Water Company
Joe Gysel, President, EPCOR Water (USA) Inc.
Steven Lubertozzi, President, Midwest Region, Utilities, Inc.
Kirk Michael, Chief Financial Officer, SouthWest Water Company
Daniel Schuller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Aqua America
Kendra Rose, Compliance and Safety Coordinator, Utilities, Inc.
Nicholas Santillo, Vice President, Chief Digital Infrastructure & Security, American Water
James Wollbrinck, Manager of Security and Business Resiliency, San Jose Water Company
Rick Lavoie, Vice President of Operational Excellence, Inframark