Who we are ~ What we do

You make a living by what you earn.
You make a life by what you help build for the future.

Independent. Impartial. We provide access to information to empower sustainable, local, wastewater decision making.

Mission Statement: To increase awareness that water quality is directly linked to the use of appropriate wastewater systems and their management.

Purpose: To provide access to education which increases public awareness of the link between clean drinking water, safe recreational waters, environmentally sustainable surface and groundwater with watershed based best management practices related to appropriate wastewater systems, technology, treatment and management.

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Ben Kele: Chair

Director at Arris Water, Rockhampton, Australia Director and co-founder of Arris Water a company that specialises in decentralised water treatment and recycling systems. Co-developer and lecturer in the ICEWaRM Post Graduate course the Engineered Water Cycle. Co-developer and co-lecturer in the IWES Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems course https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-kele-9220aa23/ 

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Vice Chair: Oliver Grievson

Associate Director at AtkinsR√©alis and a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter helping water companies with wastewater instrumentation, flow compliance and Digital Transformation. Technical Lead for the Water Industry Group Manager: Water Industry Process Automation & Control LinkedIn https://linkedin.com/in/olivergrievson 

 Wastewater Management Committee: Foundation for Water Research & CIWEM Management Board of the International Water Association's Specialist Group on ICA Board of Directors for the Sensors For Water Interest Group (SWIG). 

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Treasurer: Mary Reiley, MS

Mary Reiley is a biologist by training who has spent her career at US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), other federal agencies and countries, academia, businesses, and NGOs, leading them through science discussions that establish the state-of-the-science and inform water protection decision making. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). +1(571) 276-8126; reileymc@gmail.com - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-reiley-a44b7638

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Secretary:Lesley Desjardins

Executive Director
Western Canada Onsite Wastewater
Management Association

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Sam Lines, MBA

Sam Lines, MBA  Engineering Manager, Safety Director, Lean Coordinator, Concrete Sealants, Inc. National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Education Committee (Office) 800-332-7325 

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Richard Flynn

LinkedIn https://linkedin.com/in/richard-flynn-69b41566
Chartered Engineer, Chartered Building Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist, Registered Building Surveyor.
Chairman IOWA at Irish Onsite Wastewater Association (IOWA)

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Valerie Jenkinson

Executive Director
Operators Without Borders

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Casey Feidler

NAWT, Certified Septic Inspector, Board of Directors
MSTA, Board of Directors

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Executive Director Dendra J. Best

LinkedIn Profile
Member ASTM, National Environmental Health Association, Water Environment Foundation, WEF Hawaii. 
(231) 233-1806 info[at]wastewatereducation.org

Advisory Board

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Scott J. Kendzierski, R.E.H.S., M.S. and Bill Crawford. Past Board Treasurer. MSA. R.S.Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department Director [Retired]

Environmental Quality Analyst | Noncommunity Water Supplies Unit Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Former Director of Environmental Health Services
Health Department of Northwest Michigan
220 West Garfield Ave. Charlevoix, MI 49720

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Greg Mayfield

President at Southern Water and Soil, Inc. and Vice President at Tampa Septic, Inc.
Master Septic Tank Contractor, Hydrogeologist, Registered Sanitarian, Certified Environmental Health Professional

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Todd Drefcinski, LEHP, REHS/RS

Food Safety Coordinator at Jewel-Osco LEHP, REHS - Environmental Health Specialist Past Assistant Director of Environmental Health Services Well & Septic Program Coordinator, Kendall County Health Department

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Jeff Hawks

President at Champion Pump Company, Inc.
Past: President at SSPMA
(Office) 419-281-4500

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Jason Menchhofer R.S.

Sanitarian. Accreditation Coordinator Mercer County-Celina City Health Department 419) 586-3251 extension 1272 http://www.mccchd.org/

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Philip J. Tannian

Environmental Legal Service, P.C.
US Ecology, Inc Environmental Services: Environmental Director
Member Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
Board Member of Michigan Habitat For Humanity

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Catherine Flowers

Rural Development Manager EJI. Montgomery, Alabama
Executive Director The Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise
LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/pub/catherine-flowers/4/748/457

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Peter Read

Read & Associates LLC. Traverse Area Association of Realtors
856 E Eighth St. Traverse City, MI 49686

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Daniel R. Thorell, M.S., R.S

Environmental Health Director  
Northwest Michigan Health Department

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Past Vice Chair: Cynthia Pickel, R.S.

Sanitarian 5/Program Manager/Compliance Field Operations[Retired 2019]
DHH/OPH/Onsite Wastewater Program

WasteWater Education (501)c3 Inc.
PO Box 792
Traverse City, MI, 49685
P: (231) 233-1806 Dendra Best. Executive Director
info [at] wastewatereducation . org
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