Nov 15, 2010

American Water's LeChevallier Appointed Chair of Research Advisory Committee

Committee works under the WateReuse Research Foundation

American Water Works Co. Inc., the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, today announced Dr. Mark LeChevallier has been appointed chair of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) for the WateReuse Research Foundation. His appointment is effective as of Jan. 1, 2011.

LeChevallier has been with American Water for 25 years and currently serves as director of innovation and environmental stewardship. In this role, he directs the research, environmental management and environmental compliance programs for more than 1,000 operating centers, which include environmental audits, development of a national cross connection control program and implementation of environmental stewardship and greenhouse gas control programs.

LeChevallier currently serves as the chair of the Peer Review Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Water Works Association, and chair of the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) Total Coliform Rule Technical Action Workgroup. He was a negotiator representing the National Assn. of Water Companies on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal Advisory Committee for revisions to the Total Coliform Rule and served on the Research and Information Collection Partnership panel for research to develop the Distribution System Rule. He was a member of the Distribution System Committee for the National Academy of Science, National Research Council. LeChevallier also has served on a variety of professional committees and is the past-chair of the AWWA Water Science and Research Division, past-chair of Division Q of the American Society for Microbiology, past member of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology editorial board and past chair of the Unsolicited Proposal Review Committee for the Water Research Foundation. He has served several terms as a member and subgroup chair of the AWWA Research Foundation Research Advisory Committee and is currently a member of the Strategic Initiative group that is directing a $5 million, 5-year program on distribution system research.

LeChevallier is a member of AWWA, the American Society for Microbiology, the World Health Organization drinking water revision committee, the International