Pam Elardo is the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. She is a licensed professional engineer in two US states, enjoys being a licensed Grade 4 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, and holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.
Prior to coming to NYC, Pam was director of the King County Wastewater Treatment Division in the Seattle, WA, area and worked with the Washington State Department of Ecology. She continues to be engaged internationally on water and sanitation issues with Asia Development Bank, the World Bank, the Living Earth Institute (LEI), and other non-profit organizations.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Wastewater Treatment (BWT), is the largest municipal wastewater utility in North America, protecting public health and the environment for over 9 million people who live, work, and play in the city. BWT treats 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater by operating and maintaining 14 wastewater resource recovery facilities and all associated infrastructure. BWT accounts for capital expenditures of $700 million, manages an annual operating budget of $400 million, and employs 1,650 staff.