Sandy Kutzing’s favorite part of the job is collaborative problem solving with clients and colleagues. Her experience includes designing water treatment and transmission facilities, evaluating distribution water quality, master planning and infrastructure assessment and rehabilitation. She is currently leading our Lead in Drinking Water campaign to assist in optimizing corrosion control treatment and establishing lead service line replacement programs. As Sandy says, “Every project is unique and has its own set of challenges, so it’s critical to work closely with our clients at every step of the process to make sure we are delivering what they need.”
How might clients describe you? Passionate, responsive to needs, committed and honest.
What has been your proudest project or accomplishment and why? One of my proudest accomplishments to date is working with the City of Newark to combat their lead in drinking water crisis. Working with CDM Smith colleagues, we helped solve a very complex water quality issue and developed solutions to protect the public including a massive point-of-use filter distribution program, implementation of a temporary orthophosphate system for a 60 mgd facility including design, bidding, construction and start-up in under 7 months, operation of a loop study and the most aggressive lead service line replacement program in the country. The City was an amazing partner because they were fully on board to do whatever was needed for their residents. Newark's passion for the project was infectious, and pushed our team even harder because they set a high bar for success. We never stopped innovating with this program – challenging each other to continuously improve.
What’s something that people might be surprised to learn about you? I was a competitive runner in college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
I embrace change, and I'm always looking for opportunities to improve the way we do things.
Did you know?
Sandy has received the Kenneth J. Miller Founders Award from Water For People twice—in 2008 and 2012—in recognition of her extraordinary volunteering efforts to assist the water, sanitation and health needs of millions of families living in the developing world.