Rebecca West named COO

Rebecca West named COO

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA—Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) has named Rebecca West its new chief operating officer.

She’s a respected water industry leader with more than 35 years of experience on the international, national, state, regional and local levels after beginning her career at ReWa.

“ReWa has a history of being an industry leader, and we’re fortunate to have found an experienced industry professional here in the Upstate to join our team,” said Joel Jones, ReWa’s CEO. “Rebecca has led organizations in our region, influenced state and national policy and advised countries around the globe. Her collaborative spirit and creativity will benefit ReWa and the people we serve.”

West served as an officer on the board of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) before becoming its president in 2009. WEF is a technical and educational organization that represents water professionals around the world. She was also named delegation leader of Water Quality Professionals to South Africa.

She’s served as chief operating officer at Greenville Water and Spartanburg Water, and she was Spartanburg Water’s director of technical services.

“I do not see this as much as a homecoming but as an opportunity to be part of an organization with the important responsibility for ensuring that the water cleaned and returned to headwaters of our state is of exceptional quality before reaching the coast,” West said. “ReWa values its role as a community partner, and we have always been innovative and unafraid of challenges. That’s why I want to be here.”

West, who is a biologist, started her career as a lab analyst at ReWa. She was also instrumental in starting the utility’s biosolids program, which is a nationally recognized and longstanding ReWa program that supports Upstate farmers.

ABOUT RENEWABLE WATER RESOURCES (ReWa): Since 1925, Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) has been committed to providing high-quality wastewater treatment services to the Upstate of South Carolina while promoting a cleaner environment, protecting public health and the water quality of Upstate waterways, and developing the necessary sewer infrastructure to sustain our community and growing economy. With nine water resource recovery facilities and more than 350 miles of pipe, we serve a broad geographic area, including Greenville County and portions of Anderson, Laurens, Pickens and Spartanburg counties. Each day an estimated 42 million gallons of water passes through our trunk lines and reclamation facilities before being cleaned and returned to our area rivers and streams.