State’s largest water utility gets new leader

April 9, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia American Water on Monday received a new president, parent company American Water announced.

The new leader in West Virginia is Robert Burton, who replaced Brian Bruce, who has left American Water, according to the company.

In a press release, American Water said Burton has 22 years of utility management experience and most recently was the senior director of operations for Pennsylvania American Water. In that role, Burton led operations that provided water and wastewater service to more than 865,000 people in the company’s central, northeast, southeast divisions, overseeing more than 50 water systems, 10 wastewater systems, 500 employees and 200 municipalities. In his new role, Burton will work to strengthen customer, regulatory and local government relationships in West Virginia while driving operational and financial results, American Water said.

Prior to joining Pennsylvania American Water in 2015, Burton served as director of military services for American Water Enterprises–Military Services Group, overseeing the operations of the group’s 11 military bases and more than 200 employees. He also spent four years managing the company’s water and wastewater systems in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and Ft. Meade, Maryland.

West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing water services to approximately 530,000 people.