On Monday, October 16, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) voted to re-elect Suffolk County Water Authority Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey W. Szabo to its Board of Directors for a second term.
AMWA is an organization whose membership comprises representatives from the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States.
"It is an absolute privilege to serve on the AMWA Board of Directors and I want to thank my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to do so once again," Szabo said. "The important work done by this organization not only advances what we can do here in Suffolk, but for water suppliers across the United States."
The vote took place during AMWA’s 2017 Executive Management Conference. This unique event is designed to meet the particular challenges of top drinking water executives, drawing on an annual survey of member interests to create an agenda which includes topics ranging from technology trends and successful community engagement to alternative rate structures and cybersecurity management, among others.
AMWA was formed in 1981 by a group of general managers of metropolitan water systems who wanted to ensure that the issues of large publicly owned water suppliers would be represented in Washington, D.C. It is the nation's only policy-making organization solely for metropolitan drinking water suppliers.
The organization represents the interests of these water systems by working with Congress and federal agencies to ensure federal laws and regulations protect public health and are cost-effective. In the realm of utility management, AMWA provides programs, publications and services to help water suppliers be more effective, efficient and successful.
The Suffolk County Water Authority is an independent public-benefit corporation operating under the authority of the Public Authorities Law of the State of New York. Serving approximately 1.2 million Suffolk County residents, the Authority operates without taxing power on a not-for-profit basis.