Susan K. Lior, deputy commissioner of the Philadelphia
Water Department, along with five other women innovators in the science and
technology fields, will be honored at Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania's
14th annual "Take the Lead" awards ceremony on March 7 in Philadelphia.
In response to the challenges of a deteriorating
infrastructure and shrinking tax base faced by America's industrial cities, Lior
pioneered the use of geographic information systems to assess the condition of
municipal water systems and respond to environmental challenges. Since joining
the department in 1996, she and her staff have developed the country's largest
integrated, municipal geographic information system, which provides complete,
timely information to anticipate and monitor infrastructure problems, increase
workforce productivity, control costs and protect the environment.