WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–On October 23, 2019, the Iowa Section of the American Water Works Association presented the George Warren Fuller Award to Ed Moreno. Moreno would have received his award at the American Water Works Conference in Orlando, Florida this June had COVID-19 not led to its cancellation. The George Warren Fuller Award honors individuals exemplifying the recognized qualities of Fuller’s life – sound engineering skill, diplomatic talent, and constructive leadership.
Moreno had an Iowa-based higher education, earning an associate’s degree at Kirkwood Community College in water and wastewater technology, a bachelor’s degree in general science, and a master’s in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa. He has lived and worked in eastern Iowa for most of his 36-year professional career, making significant contributions and providing sound leadership in the water field.
His career began in 1980 with a five-year term as an operator for the University of Iowa water plant. Then, a shift in focus took him to Region Six of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for three years, where he served as an environmental specialist, environmental program supervisor, assistant regional administrator, and regional administrator. He then returned to municipal service in 1987 where he worked as assistant water superintendent for seven years and then water superintendent for 21 years for the Iowa City Water Division.
He led the Iowa City water utility through a complete transformation of its water source and treatment. From the early 1990’s through the mid 2000’s, he oversaw the design and construction (in multiple phases) of new source water facilities, state-of-the-art water treatment facilities, and finished water transmission system improvements. During that very complex process, his long-term vision and diplomacy skills proved key factors in accomplishing the goal of providing a safe and reliable supply of water for Iowa City.
Moreno has actively participated in the Lions Club for many years and served as a past president of the West Liberty Lions Club. He currently serves as president of West Liberty LULAC Council 310, previously chaired the Muscatine County Master Gardeners, volunteered as a Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry ambassador, and for several local service organizations. He co-founded the West Liberty Youth Dream Catchers, an organization providing mentoring and scholarships to foster youth interest in higher education.
His wife, son, and daughter work as dentists; all graduates of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Wife, Dr. Carol, and son, Dr. Roberto, own Gentle Family Dentists and have two offices, one in West Liberty and one in Muscatine. Moreno currently holds the position of Chairman of the American Water Works Association’s Fluoride Standards Committee.