SAINT LOUIS, MO (October 12, 2022) – Central States Water Resources (CSWR), one of the 12 largest investor-owned water and wastewater utilities in the United States, today announced Aaron Silas has been promoted to Director of Regulatory Operations.
“Since joining CSWR in October 2020, Aaron has made a profound impact on the company’s ability to enter and have regulatory success in over 10 states,” said Mike Duncan, CSWR’s vice president.
CSWR specializes in acquiring and reviving underserved water and wastewater systems located primarily in smaller, often rural, communities across the country. Over the past year, Silas and his team managed more acquisition cases than all other water utilities in the U.S., combined.
“Aaron has led efforts in innovative filings with no standardized road map, such as filing for tariffs on previously unrated systems in Mississippi and obtaining commission approval to use remote monitoring to reduce operating requirements in Kentucky,” added Duncan.
“I am deeply appreciative of the opportunities I’ve had here at CSWR to grow and lead,” said Silas, who earned his Masters of Business Administration from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. “The regulatory process imposed upon investor-owned utility companies involves establishing reasonable rates that speak to a fair return on investment. CSWR’s mission is to bring safe, reliable and environmentally responsible water resources to every community we serve, and I see my role as helping to ensure that we comply with regulations while fulfilling our mission. As we continue to acquire new water and wastewater utilities across the country, I’m excited to take on even greater challenges.
Silas worked in banking prior to joining CSWR, leading data consolidation and project analysis for a number of leading national financial services firms including Stifel Financial and U.S. Bank.