American Water exec reappointed to National Drinking Water Advisory Council

American Water Vice President John Young's term on the council will span May 31 until Dec. 31, 2007. This is Young's second term serving on the NDWAC. While holding this position, his responsibilities include meeting with other experts in the drinking water community to gather and assess information and provide advice to the EPA on policies related to water quality and safety, as well as development of drinking water regulations...

VOORHEES, NJ, June 8, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- John Young, vice president of Operations and Investment Performance of American Water, recently accepted an invitation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be reappointed to a position on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC).

Young's term on the council will span from May 31 until Dec. 31, 2007. This is Young's second term serving on the NDWAC. While holding this position, Young's responsibilities will include meeting with other experts in the drinking water community to gather and assess information and provide advice to the Agency on policies related to water quality and safety, as well as the development of drinking water regulations.

"I am honored to serve on such a well-respected council," Young said. "Through my involvement with the NDWAC, I've had the opportunity to affect positive change in numerous EPA drinking water policies. I look forward to working with my fellow council members, and to advancing the progress we have already made."

The NDWAC is a Federal Advisory Committee to the EPA on a number of topics, including proposed regulations required by the Safe Drinking Water Act, necessary studies and research, implementation of drinking water standards, the identification of health problems related to contaminants in drinking water and the cooperation between the EPA and other governmental agencies.

The Council was created in 1974, through a provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act of that same year. It has 15 members who serve as Special Government Employees. Five members are appointed from each of the following areas: 1) appropriate state and local agencies concerned with public water supply and public health protection, 2) water-related or other organizations and groups having an active interest in public water supply/public health protection, and 3) the general public. Two of the 15 members must represent small, rural public water systems.

Young began his career with American Water in 1977 and has held a variety of operations, engineering and executive positions, including vice president of Engineering, vice president of Technical Services and most recently assumed the position as vice president of Operations and Investment Performance in November 2003. Young has over 25 years experience in managing water and wastewater systems.

With a history of over 100 years, American Water (www.amwater.com) provides high quality water, wastewater, and other related services to over 18 million people in 29 states and 3 Canadian provinces. American Water is an integrated part of RWE's water division, which includes London-based Thames Water.

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