Essential announces new vice president, production for largest water and wastewater subsidiary

Essential Utilities has announced that its largest water and wastewater subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania has hired 27-year water utility industry veteran Todd Duerr as vice president, production. Duerr’s career includes executive management, technical and business operations, business development and federal contracting.

“We are fortunate to have a water professional with Todd’s experience lead our production team at Aqua,” said Essential Chairman and CEO Chris Franklin. “Todd brings a variety of water and wastewater industry operations experience required to lead our company’s largest water production operation.”

Aqua Pennsylvania President Marc Lucca echoed Franklin’s sentiment. “Our production team treats and delivers an average of 115 million gallons of drinking water throughout Pennsylvania each day, said Lucca. “This responsibility requires significant technical and management experience. Todd has the necessary experience to lead our talented production team.”

In his new role, Duerr will be responsible for Aqua’s 11 surface water treatment plants and more than 200 wells throughout the state, which collectively produce drinking water daily for approximately 1.4 million people in 32 counties.

Duerr comes to Aqua from Veolia North America where he most recently served as vice president of business development, since 2018. Previously, he was president of American Water Military Services and Contract Services Group. He has a B.A. in mathematics from Bloomsburg University, a B.S. in Civil engineering Technology from Temple University, an M.S. degree in water resources and environmental engineering from Villanova University. He is a professional licensed civil engineer in Pennsylvania and Virginia and has Class A water and wastewater operator’s licenses in Pennsylvania.