Margaret Martins has been named executive director of the nonprofit Water Systems Council, a national group that focuses on household wells and other small water-well systems.

“Margaret has demonstrated exceptional leadership in further developing existing WSC programs as well as establishing a new initiative, the Water Well Trust, which provides wells or rehabilitates existing wells for low income individuals and families in the U.S.,” said Bo Andersson, president of the group’s board of directors.

“We are delighted to welcome her as our new executive director, and look forward to working with her to further the goals of the Water Systems Council.”

Martens previously worked as the WSC’s public education coordinator and program director. She has worked in nonprofit management for more than 25 years developing strategy, implementing programs, marketing, fundraising and managing the grant process. She has a bachelor degree from Arizona State University and cofounded two nonprofits in Charlotte, N.C., that serve the needs of low income families and individuals.

“This is an exciting time for the Water Systems Council as we develop new opportunities to educate well owners, consumers, community leaders, elected officials, government agencies, planners and policy makers about wells and the importance of protecting our groundwater resources,” Martens said. “I look forward to working with the WSC Board and membership to further wells as the safe, affordable, and sustainable choice for drinking water nationwide.”

 The Water Systems Council works to protect groundwater and to ensure private well users in the United States have safe, reliable drinking water. For more information, visit