Bug-Driven Performance

Close attention to microbiology helps the Big Coppitt reclamation plant continuously meet stringent water reuse standards in the Florida Keys
Bug-Driven Performance
The Big Coppitt team includes, from left, standing, Roy Coley, director of operations; Danny Price, operator; Elishea Strickland, administrative assistant; Jay Miller, mechanic foreman; Kanahou Alana, operator; Argelio Companioni, mechanic; Dan Hill, mechanic; Dave Hoffman, mechanic; and Tom Pfiester, wastewater division manager. Kneeling, from left, Theodore (Teddy) Knowles, lead operator; and operators Terry Ronget, James Money, and Jim Knafla.

Wastewater professionals go by many titles: plant manager, chief operator, environmental coordinator. But “bug farmer”?

That’s how Tom Pfiester, wastewater division manager of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, describes his work at the Big Coppitt Regional Water Reclamation...

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