Westborough – Carol A. Harris, of Westborough, has been elected vice president of the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region's largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.
Harris is vice president and senior project manager at the Andover office of Woodard & Curran, an integrated engineering, science, and operations firm serving municipal clients throughout New England.? She specializes in municipal water supply projects including water supply development, regulatory compliance, and water system optimization.
She began her career as a regional program manager with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Drinking Water Program, working with local communities on the delivery of safe drinking water.
Harris later became the first executive director of the then 1,300-member Massachusetts Water Works Association. In this position, she was responsible for representing the state's water works profession on legislative, regulatory, and policy issues.
She received a B.S. in environmental health from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.
A member of the New England Water Works Association for 29 years, she has served three terms on the organization's board of directors. She is also a member of the executive, program, and award of merit committees and a director of the administration council.
Harris is a past president and member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Water Works Association as well as a former chair of the organization's finance and legislative advisory committees.
Throughout her career, she has served on a number of state and national regulatory and advisory committees including the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Safe Drinking Water Act Assessment Advisory Committee for more than 20 years, Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force, and the American Water Works Association's Perchlorate Technical Advisory Committee.
Over the years, Harris has received a number of awards for outstanding service, commitment, and contributions to the water works profession including the New England Water Works Association's Award of Merit and Water Works State Leadership Award, the Massachusetts Water Works Association's Special Achievement Award and William H. McGuiness Award, and the Barnstable County Water Utilities Association's special recognition award for her commitment to improve the water works profession.
In addition, her article, “Upgrades, Operational Enhancements Ready Plant for Remote Operations,” was published in the November 2008 issue of WaterWorld magazine under “automation/technology.”
The New England Water Works Association is a nonprofit, independent, member-driven organization dedicated to serving the region's water works professionals and the public interest. For more information, visit www.newwa.org.