Agency Appoints Sparrow to Water Advisory Council

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked Lisa Sparrow, chief operating officer at Utilities Inc., to serve as a member of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC), according to a May 28 press release.

Sparrow joins the 15-member council that advises EPA by providing advice, information, and recommendations on matters related to activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. She is one of 15 appointees who represent:

  • appropriate state and local agencies concerned with public water supply and public health protection;
  • water-related and other organizations and interest groups having an active interest in public water supply/public health protection;
  • the general public.

Larry Schumacher, president and chief executive officer of Utilities, Inc., stated, "We believe this appointment reflects Lisa's and UI's leadership and commitment to safe drinking water and are proud she will be able to contribute to national drinking water issues in a meaningful way."

Sparrow joined Utilities, Inc. in April 2002 as director of corporate operations and advanced to vice president of operations before her current role as chief operating officer. Prior to joining Utilities, Inc., she spent 10 years at BP serving in various capacities. She received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University, and a master's degree in management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Utilities, Inc. was formed in 1965 to provide developers with an alternative method to obtain water and wastewater utility service. Today, Utilities, Inc. is a portfolio company of Highstar Capital, and through its approximately 90 subsidiaries, operates over 500 utility systems in 15 states and serves over 300,000 connections.