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BPU’s Jim Epp Receives Distinguished Water Service Award

Jim Epp

Jim Epp, Executive Director of Water Operations

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Kansas City Board of Public Utility’s Executive Director of Water Operations, James (Jim) A. Epp, has been named a recipient of the prestigious 2020 Richard Porter Service Award by Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association (KsAWWA).

This award was established in 2006 in memory of long-time member Richard Porter. The award is given to a section member who has demonstrated support and commitment to the Kansas section. This commitment is represented by the following:

  • An active role in one or more committees

  • Participation in Section conferences or training seminars

  • Demonstration of a friendly and welcoming attitude to new and current members of the section

  • Service as an example to others of the role of the section as a leader in providing service and support to others in the water industry; and/or promotion of a positive image of the section

The award recognizes Epp’s distinguished career and management of the BPU water utility division, as well as his leadership role within AWWA itself.

Jim Epp has worked at BPU for over 30 years, starting with BPU as a Civil Engineer. In 1990, he was promoted to Director of Water Support Services and he has served as Executive Director of Water Operations since 2004.

He has been involved in the ongoing development and review of BPU’s Water Master Plan, which led to the construction of the Nearman Water Treatment Plant with its state-of-the-art horizontal collector wells, among the largest most efficient alluvial wells of their kind in the U.S.

Epp has also served as a Pension Trustee for BPU’s retirement plan for over 20 years and is currently Chair of this important group. He has also served on various task forces and committees at BPU, including the Leadership Team for BPU’s Strategic Planning process.

He has a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska and is a member of Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary’s. He also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri. Epp is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Kansas.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is comprised of 43 Sections, which are geographic components that empower members to get involved at the local level through conferences and trainings.

The AWWA is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water. Founded in 1881, the Association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. Its membership includes over 4,300 utilities that supply drinking water and treat almost half of the nation’s wastewater.

About BPU
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is ”to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.BPU.com



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