The Austin Water Utility has, through various city manager efforts, been involved in continuous improvement efforts since the early 1990s. In 2008, the Austin city manager hired Greg Meszaros from Ft. Wayne, IN as the new director for Austin Water Utility. In 2009, Meszaros initiated a Lean program. The Austin Water Utility designated Bart Jennings to corrdinate the Lean effort. He hired two internal facilatators to conduct improvement projects that have projected a value of $2 million.