Harry T. Stewart, P.E., of Londonderry received the 2014 State Leadership Award for New Hampshire from the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.
“This award honors Harry’s career-long commitment and contributions to promoting and protecting drinking water supplies and public health. For years, he has been recognized as a regional and national leader in developing and implementing policies related to public water supply,” said Raymond J. Raposa, NEWWA’s executive director.
Stewart recently retired as director of the Water Supply Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), an agency that he served since 1980. In this position, he fostered cooperation and consensus-building among various New Hampshire stakeholders working toward the common goal of safe and reliable drinking water, said Raposa.
During this time, he worked for many years in the drinking water supply program of the Water Supply and Pollution Control Commission before managing the newly formed Groundwater Protection Bureau after the creation of the Department of Environmental Services. Stewart then managed the DES oil and hazardous waste cleanup programs before becoming director of the Water Division.
He is former chair of the New England Water Pollution Control Commission and former long-time member of its executive committee. He is also a past president and board member of the national Association of Clean Water Administrators, which presented him with its highest honor, the Environmental Statesman Award, in 2013. He also served on NEWWA’s first Cross Connection Control and Groundwater Committees.
Earlier in his career, he received the Above and Beyond Award from the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association.
Stewart received a B.S. in civil engineering from Tufts University, an M.S. in sanitary engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Northeastern University. He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire. He and his wife, Sue, have two children: Andrew, a chemical engineer at a California winemaker, and Elizabeth, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
The New England Water Works Association is a nonprofit, independent, member-driven organization dedicated to serving the region’s water works professionals and the public interest. It is the oldest and most active regional water works association in the United States. For more than a century, NEWWA has worked to improve and sustain public water supplies, protect public health and safety, and advance the water supply profession. Visit newwa.org for further information.