Illinois American Water Engineer Chosen for Water Environment Federation’s Water Leadership Institute

Illinois American Water’s Padma Paan is one of only 54 individuals accepted into the Water
Environment Federation’s (WEF) Water Leadership Institute (WLI). The intensive program was developed by WEF for emerging water industry leaders from across the world, allowing them to engage in management training and leadership development.

WEF and its global network of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations provide water quality professionals around the world with the latest in water quality education, training and business opportunities. WEF uses this collective knowledge to further a shared goal of improving water quality around the world. The WLI curriculum will be delivered by high-caliber guest instructors from water and wastewater utilities and companies active in the sector. Guest
lecturers from government agencies, communication firms and financial groups will also share their knowledge and experience.

Paan, a planning engineer with Illinois American Water, was chosen for the program through a competitive application process. She said, “It’s an honor to be chosen. I look forward to partnering with other like-minded water industry experts to tackle challenges and develop viable solutions, so we can ensure safe drinking water and reliable wastewater services for today and future generations.”
Paan will participate in the program via opportunities created to enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry. WLI offers a blended learning approach that includes the examination of complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries. Participants are expected to build skills and knowledge needed to affect change within their organizations.

The 2019 WLI class includes participants from the United States, Canada, Grand Cayman Island and San Salvador. The graduation will take place at WEFTEC 2019 on September 22, 2019 in Chicago.
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About Illinois American Water - Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to over 14 million people in 45 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep
their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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