Mr. James DeWolfe


Jim is a former Chair of the Pennsylvania Section AWWA, with over 30 years of water industry experience. He has assisted drinking water utilities throughout the United States and internationally to achieve operational excellence and optimization, with a special emphasis on coagulation and filtration. He is a recognized drinking water treatment and training expert, a licensed PE, a board-certified environmental engineer, and a Certified Waterworks Operator (PA).  He has served as Chair of the AWWA Coagulation and Filtration Committee,  is a past member of the AWWA B100 Standards Committee for Granular Media Filtration and a member of the AWWA Source Water Protection Technical Advisory Workgroup. He has been awarded the Ivan Glace Award by the Water Works Operators Association of PA for his substantial contributions to the industry. He holds both a BS and MS in environmental engineering from Penn State, and is a US Navy Submarine Force veteran.  He has authored numerous AWWA and WRF publications and empowered hundreds of operators to self-perform operational evaluations and process optimization, especially with respect to coagulation, filtration, and residuals management.  He is the primary author of director of the AWWA DVD, Filter Surveillance Techniques for Water Utilities.  Has served as chair or participated multiple years on numerous PA Section Committees, including George Fuller Award, Sam Baxter Award, David Long Scholarship, and Conference committees.  Also served as Board Liaison after Chair tenure to help guide transition to AMC management.  Chaired and directed PA Section's first ever remote Annual Conference during COVID 19 pandemic. Successfully negotiated first beneficial use permits for water treatment residuals in PA, NJ, GA and CT.  Pilot tested and gained approval for first US drinking water treatment plant use of peracetic acid (PAA).  Life Member of AWWA.

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