Dave Holland, P.E. Founders Award – Water for People


David Holland, Environmental Project Engineer with Northwater International, LLC, was awarded the 2010/2011  Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award  from Water For People.  The award honors his outstanding volunteer service to international humanitarian effort.  Candidates are recognized for their distinguished leadership accomplishments.  The award was presented on Thursday, September 29th at the 2011  Minnesota American Water Works Association (AWWA)  Conference in Duluth, Minn.  The Founders Awards were presented to one individual from twenty  AWWA  sections across the globe.

Water For People was conceived in response to the water, sanitation and health needs of millions of families living in the developing world.  From its beginnings, Water For People was envisioned to be a volunteer effort of the North American water and wastewater communities. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) leaders who organized Water For People believed that water professionals throughout North America would recognize the urgent need to support such a cause by contributing their financial assistance, organizational skills, and professional expertise.   The award recognizes and honors extraordinary volunteer efforts made made at the local level.

Through professional presentations and fund raising activities associated with the  Water for People  organization, Dave has raised awareness and helped to raise money for resources to assist the underprivileged. He has years of experience as a District Capacity Building Advisor for  Australian Volunteers International (AVI)  and was a volunteer with the  U.S. Peace Corps.   During his time in Haiti and East Timor, he assisted many communities with projects in the areas of piped water supplies, rainwater catchment and well development, compost and pit latrines. He also instructed four small businesses to build public water and sanitation facilities.