President, Aqua Pennsylvania
Marc Lucca is the president of Aqua Pennsylvania, which provides water and wastewater service to about 1.4 million people in 32 counties across Pennsylvania. Aqua Pennsylvania is a subsidiary of Essential (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.
In his role, Lucca leads water and wastewater operations throughout the company’s Pennsylvania business, including water resources, safety performance, environmental compliance, infrastructure improvement projects and customer growth.
Under his leadership, each of Aqua Pennsylvania’s 11 surface water treatment plants were enrolled in the Partnership for Safe Water, a national initiative developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and American Water Works Association with a goal to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses required standards. Also, the Partnership for Safe Water recognized two Aqua Pennsylvania plants with prestigious awards: the Ingram’s Mill and Roaring Creek plants received the “Phase III Directors Award of Recognition” and the Roaring Creek plant received the “Phase IV President’s Award,” one of the Partnership’s highest honors.
Lucca has more than two decades of professional experience in the utility industry, including in water and wastewater system management, engineering and operations of large water systems. He has experience working for the private sector and government. Before joining Aqua Pennsylvania as president in 2016, Lucca was the general manager for the Marina Coast Water District in California where he oversaw initial planning and development of water supply for redevelopment of the former Fort Ord, U.S. Army military base. He also worked for Santa Clara Valley Water Agency where he bought and sold water on the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.
Lucca earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering technology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in business administration from Drexel University, also in Philadelphia, and a master’s degree in engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania and other states. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry as well as the Encore Series, Inc.