Drinking water expert Bill Dowbiggin has designed more than 60 major water treatment plants, including 12 completely new greenfield plants. As a well-known leader of the water industry, he can often be found making presentations at major conferences, teaching designers and operators, and carrying out bench and pilot-scale research studies. Bill has been awarded multiple honors from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), ranging from winning the Best Masters Thesis from AWWA in 1987, to his work on numerous Excellence Award winners from ACEC in recent years, to a 2013 George Warren Fuller Award from AWWA for distinguished service to the water supply field. Throughout all his experience, Bill says, “Figuring out answers to interesting water quality problems is my favorite part of this job.”
How might clients describe you? Hard working. Lots of experience.
Which one of CDM Smith’s core values do you identify with most and why? Initiative. I always want to do more, because I find my job very interesting and I always want to do well.
What’s something people might be surprised to know about you? That two of my children are paramedics, saving lives.
What has been your proudest project or accomplishment and why? We are particularly proud of our Brunswick County NC water treatment plant improvements and expansion. This project provided a detailed review of source water contaminants including PFAS, identified the County’s goals for removal of those contaminants, then provided a state of the art solution of low pressure reverse osmosis (LPRO) with a surface water supply to treat short-chain as well as long chain PFAS and provide a barrier technology for future unregulated contaminants.
I’m passionate about the environmental field and protecting public health.
Bill has taught water treatment plant design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as at Duke University.