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Featured Alumnus:Guy Aydlett

Guy Aydlett is Director of the Water Quality Department for Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, created in 1940 for the purpose of water pollution abatement in Hampton Roads. HRSD owns and operates 13 wastewater treatment facilities serving 1.6 million people in 17 Hampton Roads cities and counties. HRSD is one of the premier metropolitan Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) in the country, recognized by every national award from EPA and professional organizations for which it qualifies. The Water Quality Department has three divisions -- the Central Environmental Laboratory, Industrial Waste Division and Technical Services Division, which are responsible for pollution source control, analytical services, toxicity testing, in-stream monitoring, assistance to other municipalities in the region and throughout the State, environmental auditing services, compliance with State discharge permits (NPDES), air and biosolids use permitting, pollution prevention and public information.

The Central Environmental Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that is a recognized leader in the field of government/utility environmental laboratories and offers a full spectrum of environmental analysis including highly specialized instrument techniques. The Technical Services Division has assumed the lead on many national and state water quality and biosolid initiatives. As a representative of HRSD, AMSA and the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies (VAMWA), the division promotes the adoption of the highest standards in science and policy. The Industrial Waste Division received the 1995 EPA National Pretreatment Award. The Industrial Waste Control program was one of the first approved in the nation and has been used as a national model for local limits development, emergency response and staff training.

Guy Aydlett represents HRSD on numerous local, state and national committees advising and providing guidance on environmental legislation, industrial waste pretreatment policy and control of industrial and hazardous wastes. His national appointments include: Chair, Pretreatment and Hazardous Waste Committee for the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA); Appointed by the EPA Administrator as the national POTW representative on the Common Sense Initiative Council; Member, Metal Finishing Subcommittee; Member, EPA Effluent Guidelines Taskforce; Member US EPA National Advisory Committee for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) Sectors Subcommittee; Member, Standard Methods for Analyses of Water and Wastewater Review Committee; Member, EPA Sustainable Industry Project - Photo Image Steering Committee; and Member, Water Environment Federation Pollution Control Committee.

He serves as Vice President of the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies (VAMWA), Commonwealth POTW Representative for the Governor's Water Policy Technical Action Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth River Project, on the Board of Advisors for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and is the Chair of the POTW Board of Directors for the EPA Strategic Goals Program.

Mr. Aydlett is the author or co-author of numerous publications and a member of many professional organizations listed below, is also listed in "Who's Who in U.S. Executives". He is the recipient of a number of awards including: Vice President Al Gore's "Silver Hammer" Award for eliminating waste in government, VWEA Enslow-Hedgepeth Award, Virginia Friend of the Bay Award, AMSA Presidents Award, VWEA 5S Society.


Professional organizations include:

  • Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA), Chair, Pretreatment and Hazardous Waste Committee
  • Virginia Association of Metropolitan Agencies (VAMWA), Vice President and Board of Directors
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors
  • Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
  • Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA)
  • Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA)
  • State Chapter and Eastern Virginia Regional Activities Group
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  • Elizabeth River Project, Board of Directors