Planning wisely for the future
(Saco, Maine) Maine Water has hired Helen Pottle as an Engineering Associate, as part of the company’s ongoing recruitment of talented professionals that will steward its water systems in to the future. This stewardship includes planning and managing the needed infrastructure improvements for the long term viability of the drinking water infrastructure and the support of economic activity in Maine.
According to company president Judy Wallingford, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment, completed in 2013, estimates that a $384 billion investment will be needed over the next 20 years to maintain clean and safe drinking water. In Maine, the EPA expects that investment to be nearly $1.8 billion. Maine Water owns or operates 16 water systems throughout Maine, and is spending over $7 million just in 2015 on its water systems.
“It’s no secret that Maine’s water infrastructure has aged, with many water mains easily over a hundred years old. Our proactive approach to water system upgrades takes resources and talent, and Helen’s addition to the Maine Water team reflects our determination to this effort,” Wallingford said.
Pottle is licensed in Maine as a Professional Engineer. She graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and received a Certificate in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Southern Maine. Prior to joining Maine Water, she was a consulting engineer with Tata & Howard.
Maine Water serves 32,000 customers, or a population of 100,000, in over 20 communities throughout the state of Maine. For more information, visit: http://www.MaineWater.com.