01:50 PM - 02:40 PM
15 September 2020

Federal / National Perspective on U.S.A. Water Challenges

Dr. Darren A. Lytle is a Senior Research Environmental Engineer for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Lytle is a leader in applying engineering solutions developed in the laboratory to the real world to help serve EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. With over twenty-eight years’ experience in drinking water treatment, distribution systems and premise plumbing, his research has covered nearly every aspect of water system sustainability. As a leader of the Agency’s technical support to small drinking water systems, Dr. Lytle has helped hundreds of communities reduce the risks of lead, copper, arsenic, pathogens, and other contaminants in water. He was a key Agency expert providing support to Flint MI, Newark NJ and other communities experiencing elevated concentrations of lead in drinking water.

Dr. Lytle has a doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois, a masters’ degree from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Akron. He has been given numerous awards from the water sector and was most recently recognized with a GovExec Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Award. He has over ninety peer-reviewed manuscripts and three patented technologies in the water field.

This session will address the national perspective on water system sustainability, water quality and water treatment. The topics covered in the session will include addressing water quality issues and reducing risks of lead, copper, arsenic, pathogens, and other contaminants in water for small systems.


  • Regan Murray, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Technical Program Co-Chair


  • Darren Lytle, Ph.D., Senior Research Environmental Engineer, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency