Christopher Crockett, Ph.D.
Vice President, Chief Environmental, Safety, & Sustainability Officer, Essential Utilities
Christopher Crockett is vice president, chief environmental officer for Essential Utilities, Inc. (NYSE: WTRG), one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately 5 million people across 10 states.
Crockett joined the company in June 2016. He is responsible for overseeing water quality and environmental compliance, safety, and sustainability for all of Essential’s drinking water, wastewater and gas systems. In addition, he manages the company’s in-house water and wastewater laboratory as well as the company's water quality services and water resources engineering departments.
Crockett has more than 25 years of experience in the water, storm water and wastewater industry and has participated in and led several innovative projects, including many that improve the environment and have a positive impact on water quality and operations performance. Prior to joining the company, he was previously deputy commissioner for planning and environmental services at the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), where he worked since 1995.
Crockett, a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, is a Drexel University alumnus who earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, and his Master of Science and doctorate in environmental engineering from the university where he also served as an adjunct professor.
Crockett is the 2019 recipient of the George Warren Fuller Award from AWWA for his distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill, brilliant diplomatic talent and the constructive leadership. He has been involved in a variety of industry organization committees and has reviewed and published journal articles. He is also a regular resource for news media looking to understand drinking water and environmental issues.