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Steven Ward – Vice President – Sales
Company-founder & Managing Partner. 30 years experience & expertice industrial water recycling & wastewater treatment. Master’s Thesis evaluating economics of water recycling by PCB manufacturers.
Steve graduated Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in International Relations in 1991 before earning his Masters of Public Health (MPH) Degree from SDSU in 2001 for his Thesis on the Economics of Water Recycling by Printed Circuit Board Manufacturers. Its genesis was Steve’s 2 years as EH&S Manager for a PCB manufacturer when as part of a $6 million new facility & equipment project he installed then managed a state-of-the art Kinetico-built integrated ion exchange water recycling, copper scavenging & electrolytic recovery, reverse osmosis, and wastewater treatment system that produced 55-gpm of DI water by recycling close to 20-million gallons of process rinsewater annually.
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Beyond technology, Steve brings to Water Innovations and its customers his experience and knowledge from 10+ years as Water Innovations’ Managing Partner, preceded by 7-years as Managing Partner of FCT Water Treatment selling WWT chemistries, and before that Process Supply & Service. Before starting his own business, Steve was a chemistry & equipment (including Kinetico) Service Technician to PCB manufacturers and a WWT Chemical Salesman to the PCB and metal-finishing industries. It’s not surprising Steve’s career has for 25 years gravitated towards water recycling & promoting sustainability. He’s a life-long environmentalist – as evidenced by his fraternity mug from Berkeley which from his Frat House Manager days is engraved with his nickname “Recycho.”
Water Innovations is Steve’s and his wife Erica’s company. It’s his passion and his hobby. He’s about building the highest-quality and most-efficient water recycling and wastewater treatment systems in the world! Water Innovations is about outstanding people with integrity, professionalism, and a commitment to Do The Job Right The 1st Time! That’s Steve’s & Water Innovations’ approach to recycling the world’s water one outstanding project after another hopefully making every single one better than the last!.
Steve is responsible for Sales, Engineering and Design & Manufacturing support. For our commitment to customers and to our employees. And to his family who are such a big part of Water Innovations’ success.
Over 40+ years of broad experience with industrial wastewater treatment and water recycling. Lyle Kirman has been immersed in the water industry since the early 1970’s. His career began with the collecting and analyzing of water samples to identify the wastewater contaminants at six company plants. With the establishment of the EPA, Lyle became his employer’s expert on wastewater and it was his job to determine how to comply with the new regulations. Since then, he’s answered the call to ensure the safety of our water supply. Lyle is a creative problem solver with an outstanding record of inventions, process improvements and cost reductions. Skilled in water purification, pollution control and prevention and energy management. His Specialties: Experienced in the design, manufacturing, and operation of Ion Exchange, Reverse Osmosis, Evaporation, and Electrowinning Systems. Authored or co-authored 5 patents, with two more in the application stage.
Lyle graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. & M.S Degrees, in Chemistry 1964 – 1975
Lyle Kirman continues to be instrumental to Water Innovations’ and plays a key role in our system designs and our success.
25-years hands-on experience with wastewater treatment & ion exchange water-recycling systems including design, build, & maintain – specializing & expert in Kinetico and Hydrus Valves support.
Lou Bautista has nearly 25 years’ experience in the waste water treatment industry from operating transportable treatment units (TTU) for industrial mobile on-site wastewater treatment to various supervisory roles, one of Water Innovations’ first employees then Environmental Health & Safety Manager (EH&S) for a large Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer. As EHS Manager for developed, and directed environmental regulatory compliance Dept, including water recycling, waste water treatment, administrative, fiduciary responsibilities Not only has he helped manage waste and/or reducing the business’ carbon footprint , but his strong hold of Environmental Health and Safety has helped this company measure on how to address air quality, water quality and other concepts in the workplace where the well-being and health of all employees and persons involved in the company.
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Mr. Bautista’s professional demeanor has enabled him to establish strong relationships throughout his industry as well with local city, county and government agencies in which he prepared and submitted annual and biennial reports which included, but not limited to Storm Water Plan, Toxic Release Inventory, Waste Reduction Plan, Emission Reports and Permit by Rule. He was also directly involved in the structure and implementation for the Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Emergency Planning.
WI’s commitment to excellence has always been a number one priority. Mr. Bautista has worked off and on with WI to help with the company’s growth and was in fact WI’s first employee during the business start up. WI recognized his talent and experience and knew that it would bring value to building the company’s foundation and decided to bring him on full time. As the growth of the company continues Mr. Bautista and his teammates strive to continue to develop and build the best water treatment systems on the market.
Certifications include HAZWOPER, CPR & AED, Forklift (Train the trainer) DOT, Respirator Protection Training (Train the trainer).