Nov 21, 2011

American Water's Research Department Celebrates 30 Years

Group created in 1981 to better serve customers through addressing water quality issues

American Water Works Co. Inc.’s research department is celebrating 30 years of operation and efforts to advance innovation in water treatment and delivery. American Water’s Innovation & Environmental Stewardship department was created in 1981 with the mission of better serving customers through addressing emerging water quality or regulatory issues, evaluating and recommending new technology to enhance existing operations, and more.

Since it began, the research department has been awarded more than 65 research grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Water Works Assn., the Water Research Foundation and other groups. In 1993, the department was asked by EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct analyses for Cryptosporidium in Milwaukee during the largest waterborne outbreak in U.S. history.

The Innovation & Environmental Stewardship team consists of 18 scientists dedicated to environmental protection and research in the fields of engineering, chemistry, microbiology, public health and environmental science.

“We are passionate about finding solutions that will make a difference in how we manage and treat water, both today and in the future,” said the research department’s director Mark LeChevallier. “It is rewarding to know the work we do affects the everyday lives of our customers, our communities, and our environment.”