Young Professionals

Want to influence the future of the water industry and AWWA?

Join AWWA’s YPs in activities, events and as a volunteer. AWWA’s YP Programs help you forge your career in the water industry. By participating in AWWA you can create a professional network, enhance your resume and become a leader.

AWWA YP Committee

2016 AWWA YP Chair Training & AWWA/WEF YP Summit


February 6, 2017 9 am - 5 pm AWWA YP Committee Meeting & Section Chair Training
February 6, 2017 6:30 pm Opening Reception for AWWA/WEF YP Summit
February 7, 2017 8:30 am - 5 pm AWWA/WEF YP Summit

February 8 -10, 2017 AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Tampa, FL

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YP Profile

Josef Argenio

Hatch Mott McDonald

Out of all of the environmental career options, why did you choose to work in water? 
Out of all the environmental career options, I choose to work in water because water systems directly create a higher quality of life. We all drink and use water every day. Being able to contribute to society in a positive way, every day, is the most gratifying reason as to why I chose to work in water.

What is the most exciting water project you have worked on? 
The most exciting water project that I have worked on was an emergency project for the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) in which a transmission main failed in the Wissahickon Creek. The water main burst created a gigantic crater in the earth and looked like something out of a science fiction film. Operations had to reroute water in the distribution system and increase production at the water treatment plant in order to keep water available to their customers. Although I was an intern at the time and only contributed minutely to the project, it was exciting to observe and see engineering failures and solutions.

What is something unexpected you learned on the job?
In my young career, I unexpectedly learned on the job that all of the calculations and theory that go into designing a system may not actually work the way it was intended. This learning experience was beneficial in understanding that testing, calibrating, validating, and piloting are essential to make each and every project work. Design through theory and calculations are necessary, but experience, rules of thumb, and operator tips are also integral parts towards building the best product.