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Meet Lauren Wasserstrom

Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Lauren Wasserstrom

Lauren Wasserstrom is passionate about reducing lead exposure in drinking water and protecting public health. She leads a talented, expert team that are dedicated to developing holistic, equitable solutions that help our clients achieve compliance with the U.S. Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.

As Jacobs’ National Practice Leader for Lead and Copper Rule Compliance, Lauren supports water systems across the United States with the implementation of the new Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) and helps them leverage available funding sources, like the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

One of Lauren’s projects involves leading a team of global experts to revise the American Water Works Association’s Internal Corrosion Control in Water Distribution Systems Manual of Practice (M58). With the recent regulatory changes surrounding lead and copper in drinking water, many water systems are grappling with how to select, optimize or re-optimize corrosion control treatment. The manual addresses the fundamentals for optimizing corrosion control treatment and provides industry guidance and best practices for developing a strategy to implement and maintain effective corrosion control in the water distribution system. 

Before joining Jacobs in 2022, Lauren worked for the Greater Cincinnati Water Works implementing the LCRR as well as overseeing the Surveillance and Response System/Online Water Quality Monitoring Program. Lauren also previously worked for the American Water Works Association (AWWA), providing technical advice, information and process guidance on matters related to water quality and treatment. She also worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development Office performing research related to corrosion and contaminant accumulation in drinking water distribution systems.

“There is no safe level of lead exposure and being able to support water systems as they minimize lead in drinking water is incredibly impactful work.”

Lauren Wasserstrom

Lauren Wasserstrom

Jacobs National Practice Leader for Lead and Copper Rule Compliance

Get to know Lauren

What is your favorite part of your role?

Collaborating with clients to develop and implement compliance programs that address their specific needs and challenges and identifying long-lasting solutions for LCRR compliance is extremely rewarding. There is no safe level of lead exposure and being able to support water systems as they minimize lead in drinking water is incredibly impactful work.

What do you enjoy most about being part of #OurJacobs?

There is a true culture of caring, where health, safety, inclusion, innovation, and quality are interwoven into all aspects. Being part of an organization that prioritizes health, safety and security of people, and the protection of the environment is so important to me both professionally and personally. 

What advice would you give to young professionals?

Most paths, including professional development, are not linear. Each step in the process is an opportunity to learn and grow. Trust that with hard work, dedication, and establishing a strong network, you are making progress and working towards achieving your goals.

If you aren’t working, what are we most likely to find you doing?

I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring local and national parks, and discovering new hobbies with my boyfriend. We recently started making vanilla extract and growing our two favorite fruits – finger limes and passion fruit!