Fontus Blue: How long have you been in the industry?
Czypinski: 6.5 years in water and about 13 years in environmental science.
What is the size of the community you serve?
Czypinski: ~480,000 and 3 consecutive systems with ~3,300, 5,000, and 10,000 customers each.
What challenges are utility companies facing this year? What do you expect to be an upcoming challenge in 2023? What about the next 5 years?
Czypinski: PFAS is being discussed nearly every day and we have to be up to speed on the regs and current technologies, Lead appears to be waning as a topic but will likely gear up again with the implementation of the updated Lead and Copper Rule in October 2024.Our regional regulators are very focused on CT and turbidityI expect HABs on the larger PA rivers will become a larger problem within the next 5 years.
How do water utility companies that work with Fontus Blue change/improve operations?
Czypinski: We have instituted more precise adjustments to chemical dosage, and historic trends are handy as well as reports of cost savings for executive leadership.
If you could share one piece of advice with other utility personnel and leaders in the space, what would it be?
Czypinski: Consider investing in GAC or PAC for surface water applications.
What are some relevant newsletters, blogs, or industry leaders you follow for insights and inspiration?
Czypinski: WaterISAC, WaterSuite, AWWA resources, and publications of various state regulatory bodies of other states offer helpful instructions.