Beaufort – Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) announced that board member Michael Bell has been appointed as new Chairman of the Public Officials Forum of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Bell was appointed by the AWWA’s Board of Directors and will preside over a 15 member committee that will advise the AWWA on programs and interests of public officials.

The AWWA Public Officials program focuses specifically on drinking water issues and provides public officials with ongoing professional development to enhance critical skills necessary to achieve excellence in organizations, and to enhance communication and sharing between public officials from diverse communities. Bell has been a BJWSA board member representing Bluffton for 15 years and has been an active member of AWWA’s Public Official’s program.

The AWWA is an international nonprofit and education society, and is the authoritative resource for safe water, providing knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and around the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community.