Linda considers her current position as a project manager in our laboratory one of the most rewarding positions at PWSA. Prior to her career at PWSA, she attained a degree from Juniata College in Biology with an emphasis on Aquatics and Environment. Out of college, Linda began her career in wastewater treatment and through that position, she developed an interest in drinking water and freshwater resources. She believes beginning her career in wastewater and transitioning to drinking water allowed her to understand the importance of water quality and the treatment process.
One of her many roles in the laboratory includes testing and reporting water quality levels to ensure the safety and reliability of our water system. Our water distribution system is always changing, and it is the responsibility of the water quality team to adapt to the changes and actively respond to situations that occur. PWSA is actively monitoring water in our distribution system daily and always maintains fresh and healthy water in our distribution system. In addition to testing, Linda confirms that we are in compliance with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations at all times. Since PWSA is a public water provider, several government programs set specific standards with reporting requirements. The DEP is our primary regulatory agency.
“Any time there is a water main break, the water quality team conducts rigorous testing before we are able to distribute the water safely,” said Linda.
In her time outside of PWSA, Linda applies her extensive water knowledge through participating in several organizations, including the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA), the Western Pennsylvania Water Pollution Control Association (WPWPCA), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF). In addition to her involvement in these organizations, Linda has published articles for the Keystone Water Quality Manager Magazine and on the PWEA website. She believes it is important to educate people on water quality and share her experiences in the field with the public. In her spare time, she enjoys running, writing, kayaking, and vacationing anywhere that includes aquatic activities.
“I have always had a passion for water, it is an essential resource and our responsibility to ensure drinking water is safe for consumption by the general public.” - Project Manager of the Laboratory, Linda Leopold