From contamination to a beneficial water resource
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
“I am grateful that I have the life-long opportunity to apply thoughtful and creative solutions to problems big and small that support the health and well-being of the clients and communities I serve.”
OFF THE CLOCK
Josh’s experience includes pipeline design, hydraulic analysis, pump station design and analysis, construction administration, city engineering and water and sewer master planning. His experience allows him to identify and analyze initial project concepts, prepare construction documents and monitor construction of the project through completion.
I have been fascinated by the buried infrastructure in America since the first day at my first engineering job where I crawled into a 36-inch sewer pipe located 50 feet underground to inspect the lining and joints. I have been working in the water and wastewater industry for my entire career and have been involved in all aspects of planning, design and construction management. Throughout the years, I have had the privilege to gain significant hands-on experience, which continues to fuel my desire to always find a better way in every project. I joined WSC because this group of people shares my desire and vision to make a better water future.
The team members at WSC are what make this company so special. We all have the energy and desire to succeed and the earnest attitude and belief that there is a better way. When it comes to solving a client’s problem, I believe “there is no box.” And by this, I mean, let’s start fresh, dissect the problem and create the best solution for this particular problem. Finding the solution certainly involves prior experience, engineering knowledge and trial and error, but it also requires collaboration, creativity and commitment to finding the best solution tailored to each specific problem. We have had a lot of success by living out this philosophy in our projects.
My favorite problem is the design, operation, maintenance and construction of sewage lift stations. I have never passed up an opportunity to swing open a lift station lid and peer under the hood. How is it handling grease, odors, solids, noise and vibrations? What are the coatings and how are they functioning? What could be better? What works well? I have reviewed over 100 lift stations this way, from 20-gallon-per-minute affairs that serve a single business to big boys with multiple 150-horsepower pumps and headworks that serve an entire city. A good lift station is unseen by the public it serves, like so much of our infrastructure. But being unseen doesn’t mean it isn’t critically important, nor does it mean there isn’t a better way.
On a personal note, I am married to an incredible woman and we have three wonderful children who are growing way too fast. I coach their soccer teams, and enjoy every moment we get to laugh and play together.