SWAN Utility Advisory Group
Now in its second rotation, the SWAN Utility Advisory Group (UAG) includes five, leading global SWAN utility experts from Australia, Chile, UK, US, and Spain. Advisory Group members act to share their vast industry knowledge, collaborate to review and support SWAN activities, steer future SWAN research, and guide strategic planning with the goal of advancing smart water and wastewater networks worldwide.
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Advisory Member Bios
Joone Lopez, General Manager – Moulton Niguel Water District (US)
Joone is the General Manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD), which provides water, wastewater and recycled water services to six cities in South Orange County. Before joining Moulton Niguel, she served as the General Manager of Calaveras County Water District located in Northern California. Joone’s prior experience includes working for Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company as its Assistant General Manager and serving as the Deputy General Manager of Central Basin Municipal Water District.
Joone is a Board Member for California WateReuse Association, California Water Data Consortium, Southern California Water Coalition, South Orange County Wastewater Authority, WaterNow Alliance and UC Irvine Water Leadership Board. She’s also a founding member of the California Data Collaborative, a non-profit representing 21 million Californians, focused on leveraging data and technology to enhance water management policies statewide.
Preceding her career in the water industry, Joone was a Police Officer for the City of Pasadena, where she received the Silver Medal of Courage for valor under fire. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University of Northridge and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from University of California San Diego.
Dale Walker, Head of Smart/OT Programme – Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (UK)
Dale joined Welsh Water (Dŵr Cymru) in 2012 to implement a laboratory system in the newly commission lab. Dale now heads the Smart OT Programme for Welsh Water focused on the delivery of their Smart strategy and associated programme of work. The strategy has led to the formulation of key initiatives that culminates in several programmes of work to provide resilience of assets, enhanced control, optimised operations, cyber security and data analytics that will lead to a more predictive and prescriptive method of operation across the whole Dŵr Cymru business.
Dale has a BSc in Biomedical Science and a MSc in Information Technology and has more than 15 years of experience in implementing state of the art information and operational technology projects across a variety of different industries and sectors including pharma, manufacturing, health care and utilities.
F. Javier Fernández Delgado, Deputy Director (ICA) – Canal de Isabel II (Spain)
During his 27 years working for Canal de Isabel II, Javier has carried out duties as an analyst in network modelling and demand management, Head of Software Development, and Head of IT. Since 2007 he is the Deputy Director in charge of Telecontrol, and is responsible for Instrumentation, Control, Automation, Telecommunications, Metrology, the Control Centre, and the strategic line for improving guarantee of supply. He takes also part in EUREAU’s Joint Working Group for Innovation and the Spanish group for Standardisation of Smart Cities. Javier is an IWA Governing Member, member of IWA’s Hydroinformatics, Water Loss, Efficient Urban Water Management and ICA groups.
Javier graduated in Mathematics, specialsing in Operational Research, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1989. Prior to joining Canal de Isabel II – the public utility in charge of the complete water cycle for more than 6.5 million people in the region of Madrid, Spain. In 1992, he worked as a consultant for Andersen Consulting and Isdefe (Spanish Ministry of Defense).
Rita Narangala, Manager, Improvement Design and Delivery – Yarra Valley Water (Australia)
Rita currently manages an innovation team at Yarra Valley Water, a utility servicing 1.9 million people in Melbourne’s north and east. Part of the Network Intelligence division, Rita’s team works on developing solutions and assessing emerging technologies to improve how water and wastewater services are provided. Rita is excited about the possibilities that technology holds for the future, and how it can be harnessed to improve customer experience, efficiency and environmental outcomes.
With over 15 years experience in the water industry, Rita’s career has spanned many facets including water conservation (at the height of Australia’s ‘Millennium drought’), asset management, water quality, and sewerage planning. Rita is a past recipient of the VicWater Leadership Development Award, and a fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust – water professionals who use science to influence policy. One of her passions is furthering WASH and she is an active supporter of the non-profit WaterAid.
Sebastián Otero, Network Manager – Essbio (Chile)
Sebastián has 16 years of experience working in evaluation, planning and execution of industrial and mining projects as a Civil Engineer, with a Magister in Industrial Engineering from Concepcion University in Chile. For the last 6 years, Sebastián has worked as a Network Manager at Essbio Water Utility in Chile, leading the non-revenue water reduction plan and defining solutions to optimise the performance of water and sewage networks, solving capacity and continuity problems, as well as reducing production, operation and maintenance costs.
Former UAG Members
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