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President and Chief Operating Off...

Phone: (919) ***-****  
Email: t***@***.com
Local Address:  Cary , North Carolina , United States
Aqua North Carolina

Employment History

  • President
    Aqua North Carolina
  • President for North Carolina Operations
  • Vice President
  • President (Former Vice President, Networks)
    Aqua America , Inc.

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Tom Roberts, president and ..., 26 Aug 2015 [cached]
Tom Roberts, president and chief operating officer of Aqua North Carolina, a subsidiary of Aqua America, predicts that ownership of larger municipal water systems by investor-owned utilities will be more likely in the future. Aqua America is a publicly traded water and wastewater utility with operations in eight states.
"I think the water industry continues to change nationally and within the state," Roberts said.
And while Hicks and Roberts agree that aging water systems will be an incentive for municipalities to privatize, Hicks is uneasy about the trend.
Roberts said that investor-owned utilities are often the only option for systems in distress.
"We bring an alternative to the table for systems that may [face] a big investment necessary to meet regulatory compliance or they want take their asset and sell it to a private utility and take those funds and go do something that is more important to them," he said.
Aqua North Carolina may have a small footprint in WNC, but he said that it could grow. Among the advantages of a corporate-owned utility, he said, is the capacity to spread risk over a large, statewide customer base and access financing that may be unavailable to public entities.
While the privatization of large municipal water utilities has yet to take hold in North Carolina, Roberts said the tide may shift as public operators struggle to keep up with an aging infrastructure with limited resources.
Aqua NC President Tom ..., 7 Oct 2014 [cached]
Aqua NC President Tom Roberts said all utilities spend money up front and then request money for reimbursement, and they are no different. The business model that works for Aqua in North Carolina simply wouldn't work for a public utility, and it costs more to get water to people in out-of-the-way corners, he said.
"We do serve a lot of small water systems throughout the state," he said. "We would argue, if not for us, than who?"
Roberts painted Clean Water for North Carolina as an advocacy group with an agenda that goes against private utilities.
"Clearly we have a fundamental difference in our views there," he said.
Board of Directors | Chatham EDC, 24 May 2015 [cached]
Tom Roberts
"I have some confidence that we ..., 8 July 2014 [cached]
"I have some confidence that we will prevail," said Tom Roberts, Aqua's president for North Carolina operations.
But asking politely is about all ..., 10 June 2007 [cached]
But asking politely is about all Aqua is willing to do right now, said Tom Roberts, a vice president with Aqua.
Shortly after Memorial Day, Aqua had sent out voluntary conservation letters to its customers.
"The customers have to realize that they control their destiny," Roberts said.
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