Farewell from the WaterRF Chair
M Y TENURE AS Water Research Foundation’s Board of Trustees Chair ended this past June. In my nine years
on the Board of Trustees and the past three as Chair, I was continually amazed by the ability of WaterRF
to adapt to changing times while maintaining a high level of integrity in supporting invaluable research.
But one thing that did not change was our core mission of “advancing the science of water to improve the
quality of life.” WaterRF’s reputation as an unbiased, reliable source of information remains high because
all of the research is developed from sound science. As a result, WaterRF research is widely respected by
policy makers, regulators, consultants, and utilities.
In my three years of serving as Board Chair, we found new ways to balance ongoing with unexpected
research needs while looking strategically forward towards a strong focus on new research programming and
more progressive communications. Among our key accomplishments during the past three years include:
New Research Programs: In 2011, we developed the Focus Area and Emerging Opportunities Programs.
The Focus Area Program identifies a limited number of subscriber issues and solves them with a targeted,
multi-year research response. The Emerging Opportunities Program enables us to respond quickly to
emerging subscriber challenges at any time throughout the year. Together, with the Tailored Collaboration Program, they allow us
to provide timely research solutions to subscribers’ most important needs.
Innovative Communications: Research is of no value if it is not available to subscribers when and how they need it. We now
offer Webcasts, Web Tools, videos, and online Knowledge Portals to add value to our reports. We also unveiled a new Website that
better meets subscriber needs and expectations.
Expanded Focus: With our commitment to supporting a broad water research agenda, we formally expanded our focus beyond
drinking water to “one water” in 2012. This holistic perspective of total water management emphasizes the benefits of expanded, sustainable source water management, whether that source water comes from the ocean, wastewater, stormwater, or freshwater sources.
I am excited to witness the transition to the Board leadership of Denise Kruger as chair, Charles Murray as vice-chair, and Pat Mulroy
as treasurer. I have no doubt that these three individuals will continue to provide WaterRF with the professional guidance the organization needs. Fortunately, they will be atop an
organization with an outstanding history of vision,
strong leadership, and a talented staff to implement the Board of Trustees’ policies and decisions.
I would also like to offer many thanks to the
Board members I have had the pleasure of working
with, as well as WaterRF’s dedicated and enthusiastic staff. Thank you also to the more than 950 subscribers, the hundreds of volunteers, and our many
other partners that make WaterRF such an incredible resource to the water community. We have a
much greater influence on the development of
safe, high quality water by working together than
any of us could hope to have individually.
WELCOME TO NEW BOT CHAIR,
DENISE L. KRUGER, Senior Vice President, Regulated Utilities
at Golden State Water Company, became the new Chair of the
Water Research Foundation’s Board of Trustees on June 8, 2013.
In her role at Golden State Water Company Ms. Kruger
has oversight of all functions in Regulated Utilities, including
Water Operations, Asset Management, Environmental Quality,
Customer and Community Relations, Customer Service, Water
Use Efficiency, Water Resources, and Regulated New Business.
Golden State Water Company provides water service to 254,000
customers and electric service to 23,000 customers in California.
Denise brings a wealth of industry experience and management talent to the chair position at a time when the
Water Research Foundation is tackling an ever-increasing number of challenges. The Water Research
Foundation will greatly benefit from her experience, perspective, and leadership.
Roy L. Wolfe, PhD
Chair, Board of Trustees