As the leader of Hahn Public’s water practice area, Sapna consults with clients on water issues ranging from conservation outreach to rate structure communication. Sapna has over 10 years of expertise in water finance and policy, and environmental education and policy.
She has worked in diverse environments and on a myriad of issues from great ape conservation at the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya, to policy research on energy efficient technologies in buildings with the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C.
Her expertise in water spans over seven years. Sapna’s passion for water issues has focused on the human element of water delivery. In 2009 she worked with Florida Sea Grant where she conducted a behavioral research study on youth perceptions towards water to develop a policy-focused module for high school students in a magnet school in Broward County, Florida.
Most recently she was the business development manager for Abengoa Water where she helped design and execute the Company’s U.S. strategy to develop projects in the water sector through public-private partnerships. She also served as the Public Relations (PR) Manager for the Vista Ridge Pipeline Project in San Antonio, TX. As the PR Manager she developed and executed a campaign strategy to raise public awareness and understanding on the Project and to garner support from ratepayers, interest groups, the business community and policy makers.
Sapna is a published author. She is certified in Lean Six Sigma and IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation). Sapna holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and international relations from Eckerd College in Florida and a Master of Arts in sustainable international development from Brandeis University in Massachusetts.
It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to love and romance, but there’s nothing romantic about this topic: Nasty stuff being improperly dumped in the sewers. “Out of sight, out of mind,” many people think after flushing their toilets or running their garbage disposals. But wastewater utilities are facing a pandemic of clogged city sewer systems that cost taxpayers and ratepayers millions of dollars to repair —with the main culprits being cooking grease and disposable wipes for adults and babies.
In 2016, the South Texas city of Corpus Christi was mired in water safety crises that may continue into 2017. City officials have had to issue three different alerts, including one in December that rendered the entire city — with more than 324,000 residents — without drinking water for four days.