Forty Years in Clean Water. No Plans to Retire

When Wade Lagle finds a career he likes, he sticks with it. That’s why he’s been in the wastewater industry since high school.

Forty Years in Clean Water. No Plans to Retire

The team at the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District includes, from left, Layne DelValley, lead operator; Bruce Rabe, laboratory supervisor; Justin Profancik, operations supervisor; and Wade Lagle, director of operations.

Many high school students find their first jobs at McDonald’s or Burger King. Not Wade Lagle.

“I didn’t really want to work at a fast food restaurant, even though there’s not a lot of options for kids when they turn 16,” says Lagle. “So when my city had a summer job...

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