Water Industry Career Day

Posted on May 23, 2016

  • (Left to right): Kevin Law, Andrew McLaughlin, Michael Savarese, and Lee Kessler stand outside the Urban Institute of Mathematics on Career Day.
    (Left to right): Kevin Law, Andrew McLaughlin, Michael Savarese, and Lee Kessler stand outside the Urban Institute of Mathematics on Career Day.
  • Kevin Law (left) and Michael Savarese (right) discuss New York City’s water supply system with 7th and 8th grade students during Career Day at the Urban Institute of Mathematics in the Bronx.
    Kevin Law (left) and Michael Savarese (right) discuss New York City’s water supply system with 7th and 8th grade students during Career Day at the Urban Institute of Mathematics in the Bronx.

It’s never too early to train the next generation of water industry professionals! On May 18th American Water Works New York Metro Events Committee members Lee Kessler (Plainview Water District), Kevin Law (AECOM), Andrew McLoughlin (Mueller Co.), and Michael Savarese (D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.) spoke to 7th and 8th grade students at the Urban Institute of Mathematics (UIM) in the Bronx about careers in the water industry.

Following quick introductions, the committee members broke students into groups for interactive sessions about hydrant operation and maintenance, the New York City water supply system, and water meters. The students especially loved seeing a cut-away hydrant, learning about the city’s aqueducts and water distribution system, and reading a water meter. Lee, Kevin, Andrew, and Mike enjoyed fielding the varied questions students had and teaching them about the benefits of tap water.

“This year’s Career Day at UIM gave students the opportunity to learn about an important and fascinating industry,” said 8th grade science teacher Thomas Savarese. “The students came away from the presentation enriched with knowledge about the variety of careers in the field as well as a deeper appreciation for where their drinking water comes from.”

Each student was presented with a refillable water bottle, Mueller lanyard key chain and D&B pen at the conclusion of the presentation.