The American Water Works Association (AWWA) named Jim Williams, Regional Director of Wells for SUEZ North America, the next President of the AWWA. The announcement was made at a gavel passing ceremony at the association’s 138th Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE19) in Denver, CO on June 12.
Williams brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the water industry. He served as general manager for Peerless Midwest, an Indiana-based drilling and equipment contractor, which was acquired by SUEZ in 2016. Peerless Midwest, founded in 1973, has managed or installed over 2,000 wells, pumps, and water systems in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio and is now expanding across the Great Plains.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to help lead the largest scientific and educational water related organization in the world,” said Williams. “AWWA has a credentialed and skilled staff in place, but what is most impressive is the more than 5,000 volunteers that do much of the heavy lifting to further our vision of “A Better World Through Better Water.”
Williams served as the chair and director of the Indiana Section and has sat on AWWA’s Water Utility Council. He has received several water industry awards throughout his career, including the Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award, the Hoosier Water Award and the George Warren Fuller Award. He is also an active member of the Water Buffalos, who participate in motorcycle rides to raise money for non-profit organizations that provide safe drinking water, sanitation services and environmental stewardship to communities in need.
“These are turbulent times in the water sector and we’ll need to roll up our sleeves and get to work addressing the issues,” said Williams. “I look forward to the task and helping to make a difference.”
About SUEZ in North America
SUEZ North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 2,825 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and smart and sustainable resource management. The company provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to 6.6 million people on a daily basis; treats over 560 million gallons of water and over 450 million gallons of wastewater each day; delivers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites; processes 160,000 tons of waste for recycling; rehabilitates and maintains water assets for more than 4,000 municipal and industrial customers; and manages $4.1 billion in total assets. The company posted revenues of $1.1 billion in 2018 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.
With 90,000 people on the five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. We provide water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries to optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances, in line with regulatory standards. To meet increasing demands to overcome resource quality and scarcity challenges, SUEZ is fully engaged in the resource revolution. With the full potential of digital technologies and innovative solutions, the Group recovers 17 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. It also secures water resources, delivering wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reusing 882 million m3 of wastewater. SUEZ generated total revenues of $19.36 billion in 2018.