President, Aqua Illinois
David Carter is the president of Aqua Illinois, which provides water and wastewater services to approximately 273,000 people in 70 communities across 13 counties. Aqua Illinois is a subsidiary of 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 in 10 states.
As president, Carter is responsible for overseeing statewide operations and customer growth strategies. Additionally, he ensures high-quality, reliable water and wastewater services, nurtures regulatory and legislative relationships and expands access to essential services across Illinois.
David Carter possesses over 15 years of water and wastewater industry experience, and over 15 years of experience in engineering, consulting and development. Having served in executive-level roles at Suez Environment, Veolia Water North America and Utilities, Inc., Carter brings a wealth of knowledge in strategic planning, multi-location plant operations, safety and compliance. A champion for growth, innovation and team strengthening, he has led initiatives related to water and wastewater, biosolids processing, waste to energy conversion and organic waste processing.
Prior to joining Aqua, Carter managed residential improvement projects for his own construction management business, David Carter Group.
Education & Professional Memberships
Carter holds a Master of Science in engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.