New LIFT Steering Committee Members Appointed 

In April, the WEF and WERF Boards approved a new Steering Committee for the LIFT program. The LIFT Steering Committee consists of eight individuals representing municipal and industrial facility owners, consulting, academia, and technology providers. Additionally, the Steering Committee includes liaisons to federal agencies, the WERF Research Council, and designated WEF Committees.

The inaugural LIFT Steering Committee members are:

  • Sudhir Murthy, DC Water  
  • Charles Bott, Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) 
  • Jim McQuarrie, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Denver) 
  • Tom Kunetz, Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) 
  • John Barber, Eastman Chemical 
  • Art Umble, MWH Global 
  • Nancy Love, University of Michigan 
  • Jeff Peeters, GE Power and Water 

LIFT Steering Committee members serve as advisors that provide oversight and guidance to the program and its activities to help ensure it successfully achieves its Vision and Mission:

The water sector exemplifies an exceptional culture of innovation where all water partners advance and implement new technology.

LIFT is a WEF-WERF program that accelerates water technology demand and adoption and engages the entire water sector in all phases of the innovation process.

WEF and WERF recently completed the development of a five year strategic plan for LIFT through the participation and input of about 50 leaders from the industry, including many of the current Steering Committee members. This document will help assist the Committee in prioritizing activities and initiatives for the program.

Much of the Committee’s work will be done via conference call or web meetings, with any face-to-face meetings taking place in conjunction with WEFTEC, WEF Specialty Conferences, and/or other events.

Steering Committee members will serve a three-year term with staggered starting terms commencing in 2015. WEF and WERF are grateful for the new member’s willingness to serve and share their knowledge and talents to help guide the LIFT program. Without the contributions of such dedicated volunteers, it would not be possible for LIFT to best serve the needs of the industry.

Please congratulate and welcome these new LIFT volunteer leaders! Also, feel free to share with them your thoughts and ideas to help advance innovation in the water industry.