DeCelles new director of Water Works group

DeCelles new director of Water Works group

HOLLISTON, Mass. - James L. DeCelles, of North Smithfield, has been elected Rhode Island state director of the New England Water Works Association, the region's largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.

DeCelles is chief engineer and general manager of the Pawtucket Water Supply Board, which serves approximately 100,000 residents of Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Cumberland.

Previously, he managed water and wastewater systems in North Smithfield and North Attleboro, Mass. He also worked for the Rhode Island Department of Environment Management - Division of Water Resources.

DeCelles received a B.S. in environmental engineering technology from Norwich University and an M.S. in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered professional engineer in Rhode Island and a member of the New England Water Works Association for 22 years. He is chair of the safety committee.

DeCelles is also a member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, and Rhode Island Water Works Association.

The New England Water Works Association is a nonprofit, independent, member-driven organization dedicated to serving the region's water works professionals and the public interest. It is the oldest and most active regional water works association in the United States. For more than a century, NEWWA has worked to improve and sustain public water supplies, protect public health and safety, and advance the water supply profession. Visit