Meet Rick Fuller: The person behind "The Wastewater Blog"
Hello, and Welcome to my website!
This website, though a "hobby," is really an extension of the work in water and wastewater treatment I have very enjoyably been doing for several decades now. With some embarrassment, I can tell you that 20 years ago I thought I knew everything there was to know about wastewater treatment. Thankfully, that presumption is long gone, and with its departure I have found my curiosity about water and wastewater treatment wonderfully reawakened. It seems to me that when you think you know everything there is to know about a subject you stop learning and that is a big mistake. But it is not my intent to lecture you so let me get to the point.
The information provided here is intended to be a reference source for you (as it is for me) based on my experience, my regular travels to municipal and industrial wastewater plants, and my constant research. My job requires that I travel throughout the United States, as well as internationally on occasion, working on a variety of problems related to water treatment, wastewater treatment, and reverse osmosis operations. Though traveling can be a real pain, the distinct benefit is that you get to see a great diversity of issues that you likely wouldn’t come across working at a single treatment plant, which I did for 18 years, before deciding to venture out into the world, into the private sector. My goal with this blog, therefore, is to share with you some of what I see, learn, and do during my travels to different water and wastewater treatment plants.
I have been asked occasionally if someone could buy something that I've talked about. This website has nothing for sale. This website has no affiliations or connections to companies, vendors, or products. All I do here is share my experience and knowledge with you.
I have also been asked by individuals if they can use a graphic, table, or chart. I very much appreciate the courtesy of such requests! So to make it easy for everyone, everything I post that is of my own creation is for public use. The exceptions would be for images I have purchased, often from Shutterstock.com, to enhance the overall appeal of a given page/post. These are royalty-free images, free for me to use on a noncommercial site like this, but not free for people to copy and reuse. My intent is to gradually go back through the blog posts and identify somehow the images I've purchased which should not be reused.
In the image below, I'm at one of my favorite municipal wastewater plants! I've spent a lot of time at this beautiful, well-managed, well-operated, and well-maintained treatment plant. The area I'm in is the polymer makedown system for the centrifuge dewatering process.