Press Release: Lou Taverna Elected Unanimously to Represent the Advisory Board on MWRA Board of Directors

BOSTON, MA, April 20, 2023 – The Advisory Board is pleased to announce that Lou Taverna, a resident of Watertown, has been elected unanimously to serve as the representative to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Board of Directors. Mr. Taverna, who has served as the City Engineer of Newton for the past 20 years, will bring his extensive experience and expertise to the MWRA Board.

Mr. Taverna will replace John Carroll, an original member of the MWRA Board of Directors who served as its Vice-Chair since its creation in 1985. Carroll recently passed away, leaving a significant void in the Board’s institutional knowledge and history. He played a crucial role in ensuring the success of the Boston Harbor cleanup and avoiding filtration, contributing to every major decision of the Authority to date. Carroll’s exceptional contributions to the Board were honored by naming the water treatment plant after him. In addition, he served as a strong advocate for ratepayers.

Despite the loss of its longest-serving member, the Advisory Board remains confident that Mr. Taverna will continue the essential work of John and other Board members in providing cost-effective and top-quality water and sewer services to its customers.

“Mr. Taverna brings a wealth of experience to the Board as both a water professional and a community representative. We look forward to working with him in this new role.” said MWRA Executive Director, Fred Laskey.

As the Chair of the Advisory Board, Mr. Taverna was instrumental in delivering sustainable and predictable water and sewer rates by ensuring that the Advisory Board fulfilled its statutory role to review the MWRA’s capital and current expense budgets and operational policies. He has served on the Advisory Board for many years, including as Chair of the Operations Committee for five years and Secretary for four years.

“I am honored and privileged to have been elected to serve as the representative to the MWRA Board of Directors,” said Mr. Taverna. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board to ensure that all member communities receive the best possible representation and that the MWRA continues to provide high-quality water and sewer services.”

The Advisory Board congratulates Mr. Taverna on his election and wishes him the best of luck in his new role.


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