Drew Blackwell

Director of Water Efficiency, Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A. (NC)

Term Expires: December 31, 2025

Drew Blackwell is the Director of Water Efficiency at Cavanaugh. Drew has more than 18 years of experience in water resource management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Environmental Studies. Drew’s focus and passion are in working with state and regional agencies to identify their needs in water loss control and designing training and technical assistance programs based on the American Water Works Association (AWWA) M36 methodology to meet those needs through execution, evaluation, and continued monitoring of progress. Drew has facilitated Water Loss programs in more than 15 states and provinces; with appreciation that just like every water system is different, so are the drivers, state policies, and requirements where they are located. In addition to water loss teaching, Drew is involved in water auditing and analysis, water audit validation, and non-revenue water program design and implementation.

Drew is the Secretary of the AWWA Water Loss Control Committee and a member of the International Water Association - Water Loss Specialist Group’s Leakage Emissions Initiative. He is also the author of Journal AWWA article, Assessing Recent Efforts and the Future of Water Loss Control in the Tar Heel State (2021), co-Principal Investigator for Water Research Foundation Project 5057: Level 1 Water Audit Validation Guidance Manual, Second Edition (2021), and co-author of the AWWA Technical and Educational Council report, Governmental Policies for Drinking Water Utility Water Loss Control (2022).