Kathryn L. Mccain takes helm of American Water Works Association

Kathryn L. McCain, a longtime leader within the American Water Works Association and the worldwide water community, took the reins as AWWA president on Wednesday, June 16, at the 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) in Orlando, FL. She is the first woman to hold AWWA's top office.

ORLANDO, Fla., June 17, 2004 (U.S. Newswire) -- Kathryn L. McCain, a longtime leader within the American Water Works Association and the worldwide water community, took the reins as AWWA president on Wednesday, June 16, at the 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) in Orlando, FL. She is the first woman to hold AWWA's top office.

"The water industry is a vital pillar in the protection of public health," said McCain, a Dallas-based principal and management consultant for the engineering and construction firm CDM. "To fulfill our fundamental duty, we must ensure that our customers and elected officials recognize the interdependence of a safe drinking water supply, customer satisfaction, and fiscal responsibility.

"The water community is constantly adapting to ensure the quality and supply of our drinking water in response to the changing needs of our world," she added. "During my time as president, my priorities will include raising awareness of the value of water, ensuring the security of our water supplies, and planning for a future in which AWWA will continue to grow, thrive and lead."

An AWWA member since 1985, McCain served two terms as an AWWA vice-president while serving as the Texas Section director. She was a member of the AWWA Membership Committee and served as chair. She established and chaired the Operator Involvement Committee, and chaired the Young Professionals Committee. She has served on AWWA's Administrative and Policy Council, Distribution and Plant Operations Division, and the Education Task Force. Prior to joining CDM, a full-service, global consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm, McCain spent 28 years with Dallas Water Utilities.

McCain succeeds Marlay Price, under whose leadership AWWA membership reached an all-time high of 57,647. Established in 1881, AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to safe drinking water in North America. AWWA's 4,700 utility members serve 80 percent of America's population.

About AWWA

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of drinking water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the drinking water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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