CWEA Member, Bennett Horenstein Selected as Water Director

As reported by City of Santa Rosa:

Santa Rosa City Manager, Sean McGlynn, announced the appointment of Bennett Horenstein as Water Director. Mr. Horenstein will begin his new position with the City of Santa Rosa on March 6, 2017.

Regarding this appointment, Mr. McGlynn stated, “I believe Ben’s extensive experience working in two high performing public utility agencies, complemented by his leadership skills and professional engineering licensure and certification, made him the obvious choice. Ben is a recognized leader in the public utility sector, with leadership roles at the regional, state and national levels. I look forward to working with Ben as a member of the city’s executive team.”

Mr. Horenstein brings approximately 30 years of extensive experience and increasing levels of responsibility in a wide range of wastewater and water recycling programs and activities. These include the management of operations in wastewater treatment and water recycling facilities, oversight of the full range of regulatory issues and associated activities, capital program planning and implementation, budget and rate development, union relations and renewable energy/sustainability programs. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Wastewater Department for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) where he was responsible for an annual budget of $105M with a 5-year $250M Capital Improvement Projects and a staff of 275.

Prior to joining the EBMUD team, Mr. Horenstein worked as a Process Engineer with the City of Los Angeles, working for the Bureau of Sanitation for 5 years. During his tenure with the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Horenstein worked on projects ranging from routine operations support to process optimization, regulatory compliance and small-scale design and construction management.

Regarding his appointment, Mr. Horenstein stated, “It is quite a privilege to have this opportunity, to come work for the City’s Water Department, which has done such great work over the years, including receiving recognition at the national level.”

Mr. Horenstein holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, is a registered Professional Engineer, and holds a Wastewater Operator, Grade V Certification.

Mr. Horenstein is currently a board member of both the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies, and is the chair of the Utility Leadership Committee of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies.

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