Charlie Anderson Inducted into AWWA Water Industry Hall of Fame
DENVER, Colorado – In a unanimously approved decision by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Executive Committee, management consultant Charlie Anderson has been inducted into the AWWA Water Industry Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the field of public water supply. Anderson accepted his award at the Opening Session of the association’s annual ACE conference in Denver, Colorado on June 10, 2019.
“Mr. Anderson’s passion and commitment are evident in his more than 40 years in the water industry. He demonstrated technical knowledge and expertise in water utility management, operations and maintenance and has served AWWA in numerous capacities including as President. His tireless efforts to enhancing AWWA will be a lasting legacy,” the AWWA Executive Committee said in a statement.
Established in 1970, the Water Industry Hall of Fame works to perpetuate the memory of those living and deceased who have made significant contributions to the water supply industry. Hall of Fame candidates must be substantially retired, with achievements, character, and professionalism well established, be beyond the age of 60, and have been AWWA members for 15 years.
Anderson has experience in all facets of public water utility operations and management, having spent more than 30 years at the city of Arlington, Texas, implementing competitive service strategies to reduce cost and enhance product quality. Upon retiring from Arlington, Anderson joined CDM Smith as a part-time senior management consultant in the Dallas, Texas office and is now serving in the Fort Worth, Texas office. Since joining AWWA in 1972, Anderson has served the organization in many roles both locally and nationally. He is a life member and honorary life member of AWWA, the recipient of AWWA’s George Warren Fuller Award and has received numerous awards from the Texas Water Utilities Association of which he is also an honorary life member.
“I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition from AWWA," said Anderson. "I recognize that my journey involved me standing on the shoulders of so many who unselfishly gave their time and counsel mentoring and taught me from the time I entered the water profession. It is those heroic and dedicated water professional colleagues who are also, in my opinion, Hall of Famers for the way they stand as guardians of public health. I'm also thankful for my Texas Section AWWA colleagues, city of Arlington, CDM Smith, and my family for supporting and encouraging me during my years of AWWA engagement."
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