Board of Directors
Board Member, GWA, Retired Vice President, Weston Solutions, Inc., Former Board Member, Water For People (WFP)
Dr. Arun Deb has more than 50 years’ experience in teaching, research and consultancy in water and wastewater management.
During the last 25 years, while working for Weston Solutions, Inc., Dr. Deb started his volunteering activities with a goal to help poor people of developing countries in providing them safe drinking water and good sanitation. Many of those projects tie into volunteer activities for Water For People.
In early 1990s, Deb initiated WFP projects to bring safe drinking water to about 10 schools with nearly 1,000 students each. Deb, who has served two terms on the Water For People board, is the man behind the project in India to remove arsenic from drinking water. Deb spends several months each year in Kolkata, India. During the last five years, he initiated and completed sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in about 15 schools in West Bengal.
When he learned of the huge numbers of villagers suffering from arsenic poisoning caused by contaminated groundwater, Deb helped raise $10,000 with the help of PA Section of WFP for a research grant to support the Bengal Engineering and Science University in designing an arsenic-removal process. Now that the project is under way for the last 18 years, Deb’s reward consists of the responses from villagers during his visits to India that they are so proud of their arsenic-removal unit. This project received many national and International awards.
Arun Deb demonstrated his passion for delivering safe drinking water and improving the quality of life. At present, as a Board Member of GWA, Dr. Deb is involved in a safe drinking water supply project for many schools in West Bengal and involved in improving education and health of students.
Former Vice President Aqua America, Inc. Riegler held numerous positions with Aqua America throughout his 38 year career, the last as Vice President, Engineering and Environmental Affairs . Riegler was responsible for the management and oversight of the engineering, water quality, laboratory and environmental affairs functions, as well as purchasing and fleet operations. He also managed the corporation’s annual $250 million capital budget until retirement in 2008. Riegler has served on the Board of Directors of Water for People from 2000 through 2007 and was a member of the Rotary Task Force. Riegler is also a founding member of Global Water Alliance (GWA ) ,formerly Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) . He has served on its Board of Directors and had responsibility for the development of the organization’s Strategic Plan. Riegler is a former chairman of both the Pennsylvania Section and the Resources Division of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He has served on Advisory Committees of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER), the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin. He also served on the Board of the Settlement Music School, Philadelphia. A graduate of Drexel University’s Civil Engineering Program, Riegler was a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida prior to his retirement .
(moved to NY)