Mr. David St. Pierre is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago where he manages a staff of nearly 2,000. The District covers 883 square miles and provides wholesale wastewater treatment for over five million residents in Cook County, Illinois. The District operates seven wastewater treatment plants which treat one billion gallons/day. The District also provides regional stormwater services.
The District has been a leader in the industry since its creation in 1889, and Mr. St Pierre is committed to ensuring this rich tradition of leadership continues under his tenure. Among other tasks, the District is leading efforts among utilities in adopting a resource recovery model.
Mr. St. Pierre has been committed to excellent service and fiscal responsibility throughout his 30 year career in the water industry. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the City of Atlanta, Georgia Department of Watershed Management, where he was responsible for the city’s drinking water supply system and water reclamation treatment facilities. During his tenure, operating costs decreased by $37 million per year – a reduction of nearly 40 percent – while at the same time Atlanta wastewater treatment facilities earned four Platinum, nine Gold and three Silver awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).
Prior to working in Atlanta, Mr. St. Pierre was the Operations Director for the Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri Sewer District, where he managed the city’s collection system and wastewater treatment facilities. Mr. St. Pierre initiated and implemented an innovative sewer maintenance program that reduced sewer backups and increased customer satisfaction to above 90 percent. The success of the program was determined through an independent customer satisfaction research agency who called customers who had received District services and had them rate the service. Before implementation of the program satisfaction scores were in the 60 percent range.
Mr. St. Pierre received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, the American Water Works Association and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.