Steve Schneider, general manager of Saint Paul Regional Water Services
Steve Schneider, general manager of Saint Paul Regional Water Services, has been recognized for his leadership in the water industry. He has earned the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association Past Chair Service Recognition Award.
Schneider is well known in the water industry throughout the state, serving as chair-elect, chair, and past chair of the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association cumulating in this recognition. In other statewide positions, he was appointed by the governor to sit on the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Council.
Nationally, Schneider serves on the national board of trustees for the Water Research Foundation and is the secretary of the executive board of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.
Locally, as general manager of the water utility for more than a decade, he oversees the day-to-day operations of Saint Paul Regional Water Services. He set into motion long-term capital planning projects, working to secure the future with $300 million in improvements and upgrades to the treatment facility and supporting infrastructure over the next decade; showed fiscal responsibility in earning a AAA rating with Standard & Poor’s; and recently, the McCarrons treatment plant won the prestigious Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. The Partnership is a drinking water optimization program sponsored by the American Water Works Association, the Environmental Protection Agency and other water organizations. The award recognizes water treatment facilities that continuously provide drinking water quality that surpasses regulatory requirements through treatment plant and distribution system optimization.
The treatment plant was chosen as the site of a tour by the head of the national EPA, the Honorable Gina McCarthy, this past spring.
Schneider has worked for the city of Saint Paul at SPRWS for 25 years, and has been a member of the American Association of Water Works since the beginning of his career.
“I have been extremely fortunate to work with a great group of employees and a Board of Water Commissioners that promotes volunteering in the water industry,” Schneider said.
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