NEWWA Honors Woodard & Curran Employees

Published: 9/8/2021

Drinking water professionals Renee Lanza, Project Manager, and Carol Harris, Senior Client Manager, were honored during the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) 2021 Annual Conference.

Lanza received the Younger Member of the Year Award, which seeks to recognize an association member under 35 years old who has demonstrated outstanding service through active participation in programs, committees, and presentations. Lanza joined Woodard & Curran in 2012, focusing her career on drinking water system and treatment facility planning, design, and construction. Over the years, she has been very active in the association, and received the Volunteer of the year award in 2019. She currently serves as Chair for the NEWWA Young Professionals Committee and is a member of both the University Outreach and Networking committees. She also serves as a committee member for American Water Works Association Young Professionals Committee and Capital Project Delivery Committees and as Vice-Chair of the Water Treatment Facility Design & Construction Committee.

“I have always felt that I have gotten much more out of this organization than I have put in,” said Lanza. “There is really nothing like the community that NEWWA and its members have built, and my experience has been truly gratifying. I try to stress that to hopefully inspire the next generation to see the value of organizations like NEWWA. Thank you to the people before me that did the same and inspired me to get involved. My only regret is not doing it sooner!”

Harris received the Honorary Member Award, honoring a person of eminence in some branch of water works practice or water works engineering, and who has been outstanding in promoting the water works profession. In her 30 years of experience in water supply development, public relations, operations, and planning, Harris has managed and coordinated all facets of engineering projects, including maintaining budgets, allocating resources, managing project teams to ensure completion within timeline and budget, and securing required permits. Harris was formerly the Massachusetts Water Works Association Executive Director, served as NEWWA President from 2014-2015, and has served on numerous association and regulatory committees. Her experience has come with long standing relationships with state regulators with a breadth of understanding regarding regulatory permitting and compliance issues.

“It is such an honor to receive this award,” said Harris. “Throughout my career I’ve been actively involved in the water works associations and committed to serving the drinking water community. Sharing common goals and working with my colleagues to advance the water works profession has been so rewarding. I feel fortunate to have been able to enjoy such a fulfilling profession.”

Established in 1882, NEWWA is the region’s largest non-profit member organization for those working or interested in the drinking water profession. NEWWA also serves as the local New England section of the American Water Works Association. The association unites water utilities, consultants, manufacturers, vendors, regulators, academia, and other interested parties to network, educate, and advocate for safe, quality drinking water. These awards are presented during one of two major conferences held by NEWWA annually.

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