Employee-Owned and Operated, Providing Innovative Water Solutions to Clients Nationwide

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Our History

Founded in 2003 by our President and CEO, Gary Deremer, U.S. Water initially started as a water and wastewater operations company with a modest team, catering to the local Florida utility market from its New Port Richey headquarters. Since then, our growth has been nothing short of remarkable. We now boast a workforce of over 800 employees spread across 15 office locations, delivering services in 20 states.

In 2020, our expansion took an exciting turn with the acquisition of our Industrial group, marking a significant foray into the private sector. Today, U.S. Water is proudly employee-owned, celebrated for its unwavering commitment to top-tier operations and maintenance, strict compliance standards, a paramount focus on safety, and an ability to devise innovative solutions to tackle operational challenges.

Where We Are Located

 U.S. Water Corporate Headquarters

 4939 Cross Bayou Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34652

(727) 848-8292

Industrial Group Headquarters

2588 Industry Lane
Norristown, PA 19404

(866) 753-8292

Utility Group Headquarters

1406 Central Ave.
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

(888) 348-0110

What Sets Us Apart

Ideal Size Company

Large enough to provide highest level of utility expertise; small enough to commit continuous involvement of leadership


Internally driven culture of long-term value creation to clients, avoiding external private equity agenda or influences

Contracting Flexibility

Wide range of contracting and delivery approaches and nimble management team delivering flexible and innovative solutions

Immediate Accountablity

Customers have a direct line to company leadership enabling immediate decision and response to critical issues

Unmatched Compliance Record

Trusted by regulatory agencies because of our historical environmental and contractual compliance record (>99.98% compliant with all KPIs)

Superior Intellectual Property & Data-Driven Solutions

Our Process Control & Monitoring (PC&MSM) system is the best customer-friendly tool in the industry to monitor asset performance

Industry-Experienced Management Team

Proactively anticipating the needs of and challenges facing our clients

Community Engagement

At U.S. Water, we take pride in our role as a dedicated community partner. We believe that our success is intertwined with the well-being and prosperity of the communities we serve. We support local initiatives, charities, and causes that align with our values. Our dedication extends beyond business transactions; it’s about shared values, shared progress, and a shared future. We are not just present in these communities; we are an active and engaged member, working collaboratively to create a better tomorrow for all.

Meet the Team

Gary Deremer

President & CEO

As Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Water Services Corporation, Gary brings more than 30 years of progressive experience in all phases of water and wastewater treatment and management services. He is responsible for the overall business operation, strategic direction, public relations, and long-term sustainability of the company while providing expertise relative to system startups, management of municipal and private systems, professional consulting, rate case and capital improvement planning, technical diagnostics, treatment process operations, and construction.

Ed Mitchell

Senior Vice President & General Manager

As Senior Vice President and General Manager, Ed is responsible for maintaining corporate margins, business efficiencies for cost savings, organizational development, and client management. Ed joined U.S. Water in 2013, bringing administrative leadership experience to the company given his 30 years in the municipal industry. Ed received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Service from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University, School of Management in Boston, MA. He acquired professional certification in the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training Program and is recognized as an ICMA Credentialed Manager.

Kaycee Rupe

Chief Financial Officer

Kaycee is the Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Water, responsible for the company’s financial management functions including accounting and control, financial planning and analysis, asset-liability management, treasury, internal audit, and tax. She also oversees the company’s investment portfolios and manages the financial transitions for the company’s M&A activity. Kaycee joined the company in 2018 with over 10 years of experience in the construction industry. She directs a team of 30 accounting and finance associates to ensure proper transaction processing and cost management. Kaycee holds a Master of Accounting degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Saint Leo University.

Dan Elias

Senior Vice President, Growth And Acquisitions

As a Senior Vice President for Growth and Acquisitions, Dan is responsible for setting and implementing the company’s growth initiatives, including all M&A activities, investment and project finance initiatives, and large scale industrial and P3 engagements. Dan is a business leader with 35 years of experience serving as a board member, strategic advisor, and legal counsel to private and public companies in the water sector. Dan is a graduate of the City University of New York, Queens College from where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Honors and his Juris Doctor. He is also a distinguished AV® rated attorney by Martindale – Hubble.

Ken Jones, CQM

Senior Vice President

Ken is the Senior Vice President of U.S. Water’s Industrial Group. He developed the group’s operations, maintenance, and technical support teams, and is responsible for their management. Ken has been a leader in the O&M field for more than 30 years and has extensive experience in the performance, management, and oversight of industrial treatment system O&M projects. Ken firmly believes that our people are the key to excellent customer service, so his focus is on building a strong collaborative team that has driven the success of the Industrial Group. He is a licensed master electrician with over 20 years of experience in industrial electrical systems and hazardous location electrical systems and a certified quality manager (CQM) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Jeffrey Dupont

Vice President, Business Development, Mid-Central U.S

Jeff has over 37 years of progressive experience related to water and wastewater operations services. His responsibilities involve operational and resource management optimization, regional business development, and public/private utility operations and maintenance. Jeff provides invaluable direction for the company’s Mid-Central U.S. operations, including support for bid processes, transition management, and industrial environmental compliance activities. Jeff comes to U.S. Water after holding various leadership positions as in water and wastewater services industry.

William "Troy" Rendell

Vice President, Investor-Owned Utilities

Troy joined U.S. Water in 2014. As the Director of Regulated Utilities, he is responsible for all facets of the business and contracts related to private regulated utilities to include monthly review of financial statements, preparation of annual operating budgets, cost reporting, and overall performance analysis. Along with the financial accountability, Troy provides strong leadership on system operations, customer service, billing, field services, and regulatory affairs. Troy has experience among both the private and regulatory entities of the water and wastewater industry. This career history makes Troy uniquely qualified as our residential expert on rate analysis, rate structure, and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) accounting. Troy is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Chris Saliba

Vice President, Operations and Maintenance

As Vice President of Operations and Maintenance, Chris Saliba directs a project portfolio comprising more than 1,200 O&M project sites and 300 staff. His distinguished career includes tenures as a senior leader, project manager, and technical advisor. Chris has worked in progressively responsible technical and management roles over his career with U.S. Water. Chris leads U.S. Water’s Operations & Maintenance services for public and private clients in water and wastewater utilities, facilities services, and public works. He develops and implements strategic plans and growth strategies, establishes strategic direction, assesses markets, and directs and supports cost management, safety programs, innovation, and quality. Chris is also responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Environmental Health and Safety Program for U.S. Water. He serves on the FlaWARN steering committee and other advisory boards.

Aaron Voss

Vice President, Service Delivery, Mid-Central U.S.

As Vice President of Service Delivery for U.S. Water’s Mid-Central Region, Aaron is responsible for the overall business portfolio for projects in the region to include P&L, business development, utility acquisition feasibility studies, client management, construction management, and strategic operational leadership. Aaron joined U.S. Water in 2007 bringing more than 15 years of utility and managerial experience to the U.S. Water team. His previous career experience included leadership roles with water and wastewater services companies which encompassed project management, facility startup, budget and client development, process optimization, and regulatory communication. Aaron is an honors graduate from Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska where he obtained two separate degrees in Computer Science & Information Technology and Network Systems Technology.

Mo Kader, PE

Vice President, Engineering

Mo brings more than 30 years of experience to U. S. Water in his role as Vice President of Engineering. He is expertly qualified and is responsible for design, permitting, and management of the water and wastewater systems to which U.S. Water provides contract services. Prior to joining U.S. Water in 2003, Mo gained valuable experience from previous employment as a project engineer and in the role of Civil/Environmental Engineer with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Mo is an accomplished author with professional publications in the Environmental Science and Health magazine. Mo holds a master’s degrees in civil engineering and engineering management from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida since 1992 and is certified by the U.S. National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Mo has additional professional engineering registrations in Iowa, Indiana, Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Ralph Amiott

Vice President, Maintenance and Construction

Ralph has more than 30 years of direct experience relating to construction, operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of water and wastewater utility systems. Currently, Mr. Amiott serves as Vice President of Construction and Maintenance Services. In this position, he ensures that all repair services of the utility systems serviced by U.S. Water are executed per regulatory requirements and in keeping with industry construction standards. Ralph’s field staff is responsible for monitoring the mechanical function of utility equipment, oversight of all rehabilitation projects, emergency repairs, and providing on-the-job apprentice training for staff interested in learning the specialty mechanics related to water and wastewater facilities and systems. Since 1993, Ralph has provided supervision and management of more than 100 employees in Florida, Texas, Iowa and Oklahoma.

Chris Morss

National Director Business Development

As National Director Business Development, Chris is responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing strategic growth opportunities, building teams and partnerships, and structuring solutions for complex alternative delivery projects across North America. He has more than 35 years of experience in water, wastewater, and environmental services and has held operational and leadership roles across municipal, industrial, and federal markets, as well as international assignments. Over his career, Chris has held similar roles in water technology, consulting, and contract operations organizations where he was responsible for directing business strategies through public-private partnerships and alternative project delivery markets, as well as executive leadership roles with emerging water treatment technology companies and engineering/consulting firms.

Ron Benderski

Vice President, Industrial Group

As Vice President of U.S. Water’s Industrial Group, Ron manages a project portfolio comprised of more than 50 O&M project sites and 130 staff. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in project and financial management in the engineering and operations & maintenance services industries. Ron’s primary role is focused on client and staff engagement, ensuring that both client and staff needs are met. Other priorities include administration of the project management team, oversight of financial performance, and establishing policies and procedures that are intended to drive efficiency and cost-effective service delivery to both our U.S. Water’s clients. Mr. Benderski maintains a very close working relationship with project staff, client representatives, and company management throughout the term of a project.

Deanna Katchur

Marketing Director

In her role as Marketing Director, Deanna offers invaluable leadership in marketing and business development for the organization. Her responsibilities encompass crafting and executing the company’s marketing strategy, creating compelling proposals, presentations, and marketing materials, shaping U.S. Water’s brand identity, and crafting engaging content for external communications. With over 17 years of marketing expertise within the engineering and professional services sectors, Deanna excels in formulating sales and business development strategies for multimillion-dollar new business initiatives. Deanna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a Marketing concentration, along with a Master of Business Administration degree from the Pennsylvania State University.

Jamee Haines

Human Resources Director

As Human Resources Director, Jamee provides candidate/employee life-cycle management leadership to the organization. Jamee is a business leader with over 30 years’ experience. She provides big-picture focus on talent development and process efficiencies to manage high growth. Jamee is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) and Six-Sigma Green Belt. She has experience in every facet of Human Resources with companies ranging from 50 to 30,000 employees. Her industry experience includes major infrastructure engineering, design, construction, and operations.

David Schultz, Jr., PE

Director of Construction

Joining U.S. Water in 2004, David brings more than 20 years of experience in engineering applications, including site development, construction project management, design-build, stormwater design, hydrologic study, water and wastewater treatment, and general construction. He is involved in all of U.S. Water’s utility privatization efforts while also performing as U.S. Water’s lead design engineer on all large-scale design-build projects. His experience also includes construction management and startup oversight for facility expansions and modifications for water and wastewater plants as a supplement to engineering. David is a practicing registered professional engineer in the state of Florida with extensive project experience touching all corners of the water and sewer utility business. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky.

Chris Gutschow

Director of Business Development, Mid-Central U.S.

As U.S. Water’s Director of Business Development for the Mid-Central U.S. region, Chris brings an impressive 25-year track record in the water and wastewater industry. Since his arrival at the company in 2018, Chris has diligently cultivated strong partnerships with both prospective and existing clients. His method involves first immersing himself in understanding each client’s unique business, objectives, and pinpointing opportunities to align our solutions with their goals. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Biology and is licensed in Nebraska with Class I Water and Class II Wastewater qualifications.

Hope Smith

Regional Manager, Region 1- North America

Hope has extensive experience in utility management, with 15 years of water and wastewater experience in the municipal and private sector. Her experience includes providing exceptional customer service and environmental compliance with regulatory agencies. Hope began her career with U.S. Water in business development and as client manager for municipalities throughout the state where she oversaw various customer service projects, including meter reading, billing, customer service, and cashier and field services. Currently, as regional manager, Hope’s responsibilities include regional oversight to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies as well as oversight of staff to ensure satisfactory work performance. Hope has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University and holds Florida Class B Wastewater and Class C Water Operator licenses and Class 2 Wastewater and Class 3 Water in the state of Georgia.

Harry Householder

Regional Manager, Region 2 – West Coast Florida

Harry has more than 40 years of in-depth experience in all facets of the water, wastewater and water reclamation industry, including management experience of water and wastewater facilities to include distribution and collection systems. Currently, he holds the role of regional manager for Region 2 in on the west coast of Florida where he oversees more than 85 employees and 120 water and wastewater systems. His regional fiscal responsibilities include budget development, capital planning, monthly reporting on budget variances and company metrics, and analyzing and delivering process improvements to reduce expense and capital costs while maintaining compliance with local, state, and Federal requirements. Harry maintains and Class A Wastewater operator’s license in the state of Florida.

Lina Quintero, PE

Regional Manager, Region 3 – Southwest Florida

Lina has more than 20 years of experience with bidding, permitting, compliance, design, and overall management across a diverse range of civil projects in the fields of environmental conservation, water resources, and wastewater management. Currently, she holds the role of regional manager for Region 3 in southwest Florida where she oversees more than 75 employees and 80 water and wastewater systems. Lina has a degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida. She regularly supports U.S. Water’s engineering projects related to design and permitting of water, wastewater and stormwater systems.

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