My name is Dr. Mark LeChevallier, but many people at American Water just call me “Dr. Mark.” In this upcoming Facebook blog that’s been titled, “Dr. Water,” I’m looking forward to being a bit less formal than my role as Director of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship at American Water sometimes requires! I’ll be posting my ideas about issues surrounding water quality, supply, treatment, and delivery, as well as conservation of this precious resource. My goal is to provide interesting, thought-provoking information, as well as to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about water quality and treatment. I hope to touch on a range of issues – from practical tips on winterizing pipes in your home (especially important now that we’ve learned it can snow before Halloween here in New Jersey!) to a look at new technologies and their impact on water supply. We’re working hard to use “green” practices within our company itself, so I also hope to put forward some examples of steps we’re taking at American Water.
Here in the U.S., we often take for granted that clean water will be readily available to us as soon as we turn on the tap. In much of the world, that’s not the case. But even here we can’t afford to take our water supply for granted. I’m passionate about the importance of protecting water from its source to the tap, and fascinated by both new and traditional “tried and true” methods for treating and delivering water to the public. I hope you’ll enjoy this blog and that you will feel free to comment or ask questions here on Facebook.