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April 13, 2021 38 min

Welcome to the first episode of The Authority Podcast: Plumbing and Mechanical. This is part one of a two-part series discussing creative synthesis, sustainability, and water safety with Mary Ann Dickinson, past President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and Dr. Janet E. Stout, president of Special Pathogens Laboratory.

Mary Ann Dickinson was the president and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada, at the time of this recording. Based in Chicago, the Alliance works with over 520 water utilities, water conservation professionals, and business and industry planners, regulators, and consumers. In 2014, the Alliance won the U.S. Water Prize in the nonprofit category for its work. Mary Ann has over 40 years of experience in water resources and water efficiency. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mary Ann currently serves as the co-chair of the Water and Planning Network of the American Planning Association, and is a Board member of the California Irrigation Institute. She is past Chair of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group for the International Water Association, past chair of the American Waterworks Association, National Water Conservation Division, and past President of the Lake Arrowhead Community Service District. She has presented numerous papers on water conservation, internationally and all across the United States and Canada.

Learn more about the Alliance for Water Efficiency at

Janet Stout, PhD, is President of Special Pathogens Laboratory and Research Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Infectious Disease. Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research of Legionella. Her expertise includes prevention and control strategies for Legionnaires' disease and building water systems. Dr. Stout's more than 30 years of research is published in peer reviewed medical and scientific journals. She has also authored textbook chapters on Legionella and Legionnaires' disease, including the Legionella chapter in the APIC text. An advocate for prevention, Dr. Stout assisted in developing the first Legionella prevention guideline in 1993, which continues to serve as a model for national and global health agencies and organizations.
Additionally, she serves on the ASHRAE Legionella Standard Committee for Legionella Guideline 12, and the SPC 188 Committee for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis Risk Management for Building Water Systems – the first U.S. standard, passed in June 2015.

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