Four Hazen and Sawyer Representatives Appointed AWWA Committee Chairs

(NEW YORK – June 17, 2013) – Four Hazen and Sawyer employees were recently appointed Committee Chairs within the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Quality and Technology Division.

The appointees were each nominated by the previous Chair and approved by the Division as a whole. Hazen and Sawyer appointees included:

• Nicole Blute, a Senior Associate in the Los Angeles office, is the incoming Chair of the Inorganics Committee. Blute works extensively on treatment of inorganics in source waters and distribution systems, including contaminants such as hexavalent chromium, arsenic, lead and copper, iron and manganese, and sulfide. She has been an author of publications developed by the Inorganics Committee, including a series of Opflow articles on ammonia, a Manual of Practice on air stripping and aeration, and a manual on chloramination and nitrification. Blute also serves as the secretary for the California Nevada Section committee on Recycled Water.

• Jim DeWolfe, a Senior Associate in the State College, PA office, is the incoming Chair of the Coagulation and Filtration Committee. DeWolfe serves as the Water Treatment Operations Leader for Hazen and Sawyer, and guides client services related to start-up and commissioning of new drinking water facilities / processes, optimization of existing facilities, and developing strategies for complex treatment challenges. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, Rocky Mountain and Texas Sections of AWWA, and is also an active member of the Water Works Operators Association of Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous presentations and served as principal investigator on Water Research Foundation projects, including Guidance Manual for Coagulant Changeover.

• Meg Roberts, a Senior Principal Engineer in the Greensboro, NC office, is the incoming Chair of the Distribution System Water Quality Committee. Roberts has extensive experience in water distribution system operations and master plans, as well as water quality in distribution systems including disinfection byproducts and nitrification. Her area of expertise is developing and calibrating hydraulic models and using them for water quality and operational analyses. She also serves as vice-chair of the AWWA Engineering Modeling Applications Committee.

• Matthew Valade, a Vice President in the Boston office, is the incoming chair of the Disinfection Committee. Valade is one of the firm’s leading UV disinfection experts, having led the designs of the UV systems for both the 2-bgd Cat-Del UV Facility and the 290-mgd Croton WTP, both for NYC, as well as several other facility designs and UV related research projects. In addition, he was a primary reviewer of USEPA’s UV Disinfection Guidance Manual.

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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