American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, today announced its president and chief executive officer Jeff Sterba is serving as a panelist at the 85th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans, La. on September 29 – October 3. Sterba is participating in a special Water Leaders session, “Rethinking Water Services,” during which he and other industry leaders will share perspectives on the future of water management. Additionally, Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship, will give two presentations in the areas of onsite wastewater reuse and the impact of wastewater disinfection on reuse applications. In addition to presenting, LeChevallier will participate in a panel discussion, titled, "Water Entrepreneurship: Funding Through Strategic Partners" that will highlight American Water’s Innovation Development Process. This initiative is a proactive approach to leverage the company’s position and expertise to validate innovations using the company’s large and geographically diverse footprint, ultimately becoming an early-adopter of new technologies for industry use. WEFTEC is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition, WEFTEC’s massive show floor provides access to the field’s most cutting-edge technologies and services. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com. Click here to subscribe to Mobile Alerts for American Water.