Dr. Mark LeChevallier Earns High Industry Honor

American Water recently announced that Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship, has been selected by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to receive the 2012 Abel Wolman Award of Excellence. This award is one of AWWA?s highest honors and is presented annually to recognize those whose careers in the water works industry exemplify vision, creativity and excellent professional performance characteristic of Abel Wolman?s long and productive career.

LeChevallier has demonstrated his leadership abilities throughout his 27-year career with American Water, during which he has held increasingly challenging positions. Since 1985, he has worked for American Water and currently directs the research and environmental compliance programs, including the development of environmental management plans for more than 1,000 operating centers.

The results of LeChevallier?s leadership and expertise are evidenced by American Water?s industry-leading compliance with EPA standards, achieving a score of greater than a 99.9 percent for drinking water, as well as by the innovations being brought to the industry by the company in the areas of water and wastewater treatment and water-energy efficiency. ?

?Mark truly exemplifies vision, creativity, and excellence in the water industry, making him very well respected among his colleagues and a valuable resource to American Water and to our customers, who ultimately benefit from his expertise and leadership,? said Jeff Sterba, CEO of American Water. ?He is a world-class researcher whose commitment, knowledge and passion have clearly benefited the entire water industry. American Water is very proud of Mark, who is most deserving of this high honor.?

LeChevallier has been dedicated to advancing the science of water for more than 30 years through participation in national research foundations, including conducting nearly $1.5 million of research on the topic of water reuse and planning.?

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