Theresa O’Grady, PE, began her term as chair of the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) on March 20, 2014. O’Grady is the manager of the Water Resources group located in CMT’s Aurora office where she leads multi-million dollar water improvement programs for communities.
“It’s an honor to serve as chair and have the opportunity to play a leadership role in an organization as respected as the American Water Works Association (AWWA),” she said.
O’Grady has been an AWWA member since 1997, and first took an active role in the Illinois Section as part of the Young Professionals Committee and eventually as a board member. She has served as a district trustee, vice-chair and chair-elect before ascending to the top position in the Illinois Section.
As chair, O’Grady plans to move forward with the “total water” concept that the ISAWWA incorporated into its strategic plan in 2013, following in the footsteps of its parent organization. “Total water” is a principal that maintains that regardless of its state – drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, groundwater or surface water – water is a precious resource that must be protected and used responsibly.
“ISAWWA began looking into ways to better teach our members about total water. We anticipate that the education initiatives will implemented in 2014,” she said.
CMT will also be moving forward with its implementation of “total water” principals into its Water Resources operations. The firm’s 2013 update to its strategic plan put forth the commitment to improving its clients’ ability to manage their water resources:
“We are about managing the world’s most vital resource – water – in the most sustainable way possible. We take pride in being good stewards of water.”