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DENVER — CH2M HILL announced that Glen Daigger, senior vice president and chief technology officer, was elected president-elect of the International Water Association (IWA). Daigger, who is recognized worldwide as an expert in wastewater treatment technologies, was elected Saturday, Sept. 5 at the IWA Governing Assembly, held in The Hague, Netherlands.

There are approximately 5,300 individuals and 400 corporate IWA members worldwide, with members in more than 180 countries and from every continent except Antarctica. Daigger has been a member of IWA for 36 years, and has served most recently as senior vice president and as a member of the Finance and Investment Committee. Daigger will serve as president-elect for a year and will take office for a two-year term as president at the IWA World Water Congress in Montreal in September of 2010.

“I am deeply honored to be president-elect of the International Water Association,” says Daigger. “IWA is a unique international organization that takes into account the entire water cycle, beginning with rain coming down from the sky to the point where water is returned to the environment, and everything in between. As an organization of leaders, our mission is to advance the science and practice of water management in a manner that creates more livable urban areas, accelerates the rate at which we are providing drinking water and sanitation to those who do not have them, and enhances the environment. Accomplishing this mission requires a partnership of researchers, leading practitioners, utility managers, technology providers, regulators, and politicians. My role as president is to help the organization and its people be as successful as possible in pursing this mission.”

With so much to do in such a short time, Daigger will focus on four initiatives during his time in office:

  • Continue to build strength, both in participation and financially, to allow the organization to expand its programs
  • Expand the "family" by including a broader range of professionals than ever before and growing the new generation of professionals
  • Reinforce the culture of a “bottom-up” organization in which the outstanding results and betterment of society is produced through the interests and initiative of its members
  • Dare to be great, addressing an increasingly “water constrained” global situation by helping to transform water management policies and practices to see that the needs of all citizens of the planet are met well into the future

Citing IWA members as, “A wonderful group of people to work with,” Daigger also expresses his gratitude toward CH2M HILL. “I am very thankful to CH2M HILL for its support of organizations like IWA and specifically for its support for me to serve IWA as its next President. Like IWA, we are an organization focused on excellence and on leadership for the betterment of society. I recently completed my 30th year with CH2M HILL, and look forward to many more as this is an organization that aligns with my values.”

Daigger received his doctorate and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from Purdue University and also received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue. As the author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, four books, and several technical manuals, he has contributed to advancing practice within the wastewater profession. His nine patents for wastewater treatment have helped establish the nation’s wastewater treatment standards. He is CH2M HILL’s first Technical Fellow, an honor which recognizes the leadership that he provides for CH2M HILL and for the profession in the development and implementation of new wastewater treatment technology.

The International Water Association is the global network of water professionals, spanning the continuum between research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle. Through IWA, members collaborate to lead the development of effective and sustainable approaches to water resources management, drinking water, wastewater and stormwater management in areas throughout the world, creating value and driving the advancement of both science and best practice of water management. Visit www.iwahq.org to learn more.

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