While failures in the water sector – like the lead contamination scandal in Flint, Michigan – rightly make national and even global headlines, the sector’s successes also deserve recognition. Urban water leaders are emerging all over the world, creating dynamic, high-performing water utilities at the center of efforts to build smart, sustainable cities fit for the 21st century. In this edition of The World Today, Howard Neukrug, Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Water Center at Penn, will describe lessons learned from these world-leading water innovators, and discuss key achievements by the global water sector in recent years.
Howard Neukrug is the Professor of Practice in Global Water at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and executive director of the Water Center at Penn. He has 40 years of experience in the water industry, most recently as Commissioner and CEO of Philadelphia Water. He is a national expert and advisor to cities, water utilities and regulators on topics of integrated urban water systems, green infrastructure, advanced technologies, water science and policy/regulations, and in the financing and operations of utilities. His key area of research involves the role water systems play in the creation of sustainable and resilient cities and regions, public health, and watershed protection. Mr. Neukrug is the founder of Philadelphia’s Office of Watersheds and the creator of its award-winning Green Cities, Clean Waters program. Mr. Neukrug is also a co-founder of the US Water Alliance, the Schuylkill Action Network, the AWWA Water Utility Council, and the Leading Utility of World CEO Network, as well as other non-profit organizations. He is a Professional Engineer, a member of the U.S. National Drinking Water Advisory Council, a board member of the Fund for the Fairmount Water Works, principal of CASE Environmental LLC, and Senior Advisor to the Global Water Leaders Group.