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Michael Adelman


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Michael works on conventional and advanced treatment process engineering for a variety of water, wastewater, water reuse, site remediation, and waste management projects. His experience includes numerous granular media filtration projects—at facilities as large as the 520 mgd Weymouth Water Treatment Plant—as well as groundbreaking potable reuse projects like Pure Water San Diego and the MWD/LACSD Regional Recycled Water Program.

Michael and his team believe that getting out of the office and spending time in the field doing lab work, pilot testing, or full-scale operations is what builds a good engineering practice. He places a high value on getting to know any facility he works with and on talking to the people who know it best—its operators. He also believes in the importance of fundamentally understanding plant hydraulics and how processes work, rather than simply applying typical guidelines or delegating design to equipment vendors. This understanding is foundational to good work.

Outside the office, Michael values being involved in the community and putting in the work for the causes and organizations he supports. He volunteers with the local region for Odyssey of the Mind, a program that meant a lot to him when he was growing up, and he’s active at his synagogue as well—volunteering with social resources like soup kitchens and health centers. Michael also loves cooking and baking with his wife and seeking out good walks and good coffee.

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