As regulations change and drinking water continues to be at the forefront of national conversations, water utilities, government organizations, and facilities are faced with increased pressures to create drinking water programs that protect public health and build public trust.
That’s why we’re creating a Center of Excellence within 120Water. Our goal is to provide water quality professionals and government officials an experienced and focused team of experts, research, and best practices that they can rely on to keep them compliant with evolving regulations.
The new Center of Excellence will include Utility Operations and Policy specialties.
The Utility Operations Center of Excellence will be led by Tom Bruns, who has joined 120Water as vice president of business development. In this role he will identify and help build new technology solutions in the water utility sector as it faces expanded regulatory requirements. Bruns has more than 45 years of experience in the water and wastewater field, most recently serving as the president of Aqua Indiana, a part of Aqua America (“WTR”), the nation’s second largest publicly traded water utility. Prior to his tenure with Aqua, Bruns served as vice president of business development for Indianapolis Water Company from 1989 to 2002, and deputy director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the late 1980s.
The Policy Center of Excellence will be led by Erica Walker, director of environmental policy & programs at 120Water. Walker joined 120Water in late 2018 from the Indiana Finance Authority, where she managed a statewide drinking water lead sampling program for public schools. She also has worked for the Water Quality Research Program for the City of Bloomington, Ind. and in the Air, Pesticides, Toxins Management Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency. She holds master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University.
We’re excited to step up and offer our services in these areas as our clients and water professionals across the nation grapple with changing regulations, and we’re focused on bringing actionable insights and thorough education to ensure that we’re doing all that we can to empower water professionals in their duties of protecting public health.
We’re committed to doing all that we can to help water professionals serve their clients in the most efficient and effective way possible.
As a part of goal of providing ongoing education, we’ve teamed up with ASDWA Executive Director Alan Roberson and WaterPIO President Mike McGill to host a webinar answering frequently asked questions and top concerns about upcoming LCR revisions. That webinar will be held on March 6, 2020 at 1pm EST – participants can reserve their spot by registering here.