Philadelphia, January 21, 2011 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the appointment of Howard Neukrug as Commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department effective February 2, 2011.
“I am thrilled that Howard has accepted the appointment as Water Commissioner,” said Mayor Nutter. “He has been a key leader at the Department for decades and is recognized as a national authority in the water industry. He is one of America’s great thinkers on environmental policy and regulation. He founded the Water Department’s Office of Watersheds and is the creator of its Clean Water, Green Cities initiative. I am excited to see what he will bring next to the Department.”
As the Water Commissioner, Mr. Neukrug will be responsible for providing integrated water, wastewater, and stormwater services to the City of Philadelphia and greater Philadelphia region. The utility’s primary mission is to plan for, operate, and maintain both the infrastructure and the organization necessary to purvey high quality drinking water, to provide an adequate and reliable water supply for all household, commercial, and community needs, and to sustain and enhance the region’s watersheds and quality of life by managing wastewater and stormwater effectively.
“I hold the deepest respect for the many dedicated PWD employees and their families who have worked hard – even in these difficult economic times – to build great and strong organization – one that works 24/7 to protect the health and safety of our citizens. I’d also like to express my appreciation to our many partners for their passionate dedication to achieving clean water and a green city. Their examples give me confidence that we can make PWD the most sustainable utility in the country — supporting the Mayor’s vision of Philadelphia as the Greenest City in America and providing a model for meeting the complex needs of a 21st Century water utility,” said Howard Neukrug. “My thanks to Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor Cutler for their inspirational leadership and for this opportunity to serve the needs of our city and communities in this expanded capacity.”
Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler said, “The next five years are critical for PWD, with an ambitious capital program, the loss of experienced and talented staff, sewer overflows and pressures to meet pending consent orders and regulations. Howard will provide the leadership needed to develop a 21st Century utility that provides improved environmental and energy services and delivers the quality and reliability that Philadelphians have come to expect.”
Mr. Neukrug formerly served as Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services at the Philadelphia Water Department and founded the Department’s Office of Watersheds, an organization cited as a national model in watershed planning and partnership. He has been a Philadelphia Water Department employee for 33 years. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has a B.S. in Civil and Urban Engineering.