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Hazen Welcomes Rion Merlo as West Region Wastewater Practice Leader

Dr. Merlo has 25 years’ experience in the planning, pilot testing, and design of wastewater and water reuse projects, successfully delivering projects for key clients throughout California, including the City of Los Angeles, City of San Diego, Orange County Sanitation District, City of San Jose, and Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District.

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - Hazen and Sawyer has announced the appointment of Dr. Rion Merlo, Senior Associate, as the firm’s new West Region Wastewater Practice Leader.

Dr. Merlo has 25 years’ experience in the planning, pilot testing, and design of wastewater and water reuse projects, successfully delivering projects for key clients throughout California, including the City of Los Angeles, City of San Diego, Orange County Sanitation District, City of San Jose, and Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. Throughout the region, Dr. Merlo is known for leading development of sensible technical solutions and providing exceptional client service.

“Rion’s technical and business leadership, wastewater treatment know-how, and his true passion for turning wastewater facilities into resource recovery facilities make him a tremendous resource for agencies throughout the West and the country,” said Kevin Alexander, Hazen and Sawyer’s Vice President and West Region Manager. “We are pleased to have him driving our efforts in wastewater here in the West.”

“I am excited to join the Hazen and Sawyer team and to collaborate with Hazen’s experts nationwide. It feels great to be a part of a firm with such a long and successful history and to apply my experience and expertise to further advance resource recovery efforts in a water scarce region like the West,” said Dr. Merlo. “I look forward to leveraging the Firm’s extensive resources to solve some of the most challenging wastewater treatment issues facing our clients.”

Dr. Merlo will be based out of the Firm’s San Francisco, CA office. He holds a BS degree in Microbiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed civil engineer in California, a project management professional (PMP) and a member of Water Environment Federation and California Water Environment Association.

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