Teresa Herrera has been named the new manager of Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW), the wastewater treatment company serving areas including Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont and Woodside.
Herrera is the first woman, and only the third person, to assume the job in SVCW’s nearly 50-year history. She succeeds Daniel T. Child, who retired from public service and started a wastewater consultancy business.
“Our Board is delighted to unanimously appoint Teresa as manager,“ said John Seybert, SVCW Commission Chairman. “Teresa’s background in private-sector leadership, and her years at SVCW as the assistant manager and chief engineering officer, have prepared her well to lead the organization into the future.”
Herrera started at SVCW in 2008 to create the first engineering department and to manage capital improvement efforts costing hundreds of millions of dollars.
She has won multiple awards for her contributions to the industry, including the 5-S shovel award given by the California Water Environmental Association. The 5-S part stands for “Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.”
In a statement, Herrera said her focus in the last 10 years “and now continuing forward” is improvements and replacement of aging and failing infrastructure, as well as resource recovery in the form of water and energy.
“As manager my focus is maintaining strong leadership and mentorship within SVCW, ensuring success with the Agency’s RESCU program, and maintaining positive relationships with SVCW’s member agencies, Commission, and our 220,000 customers,” Herrera said.