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Dr. Richard Kuchenrither, senior vice president of B&V Water, has been selected as a new board member for Water For People, the organization that helps the most impoverished people in the world improve their quality of life by supporting sustainable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene projects. B&V Water is the water business of Black & Veatch.
Kuchenrither will commence his three-year term on July 1 but will sit in on the June board meeting held in conjunction with AWWA’s ACE06. Black & Veatch helped co-found the Water For People group in 1991.
“Since the early 1990s, we’ve been partnering with non-governmental organizations and communities in 43 countries through Water For People,” said Dan McCarthy, president & CEO of B&V Water. “We are certainly proud that Dick will play a major role in this charitable organization.”
During his 27-year career with Black & Veatch, Kuchenrither has held many senior roles related to water and wastewater treatment. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of residuals management and beneficial reuse programs for biosolids.
This is not his first appointment to a prominent board. Kuchenrither has served on the boards of the Water Environment Research Foundation and the National Biosolids Partnership and is a past president of the Water Environment Federation.
Kuchenrither brings to Water For People key industry knowledge from Black & Veatch’s global water experience and will apply his skills within the organization as it expands services to those most in need of help. Water For People’s vision is of a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, a world where no child suffers or dies from a water-related disease.