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In Memoriam

Trent Lydic, President Ohio Onsite Wastewater Association (OOWA)

For three years, Trent organized the annual conference as vice-president and OOWA board member. Through his leadership the conference attendance grew. He represented OOWA and testified at JCARR hearings as new rules were being considered for Ohio. In 2015 he was elected OOWA President and was focused on training in the industry. As President he presided over the first OOWA Technology Field Day. However, his service and leadership in OOWA was suddenly cut short with his untimely death in June 2015.

Trent served the onsite industry in other ways. He represented the industry on the Ohio Sewage Rule Advisory Committee (SAC) to the Department of Health. This committee helped shape the new household sewage treatment rules bringing the outdated household sewage disposal rules into a new century. Many are unaware of his service to the industry on the Sewage Treatment System Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to the Ohio Director of Health. Trent was appointed by the Ohio Senate to represent treatment system manufacturers. This committee has made possible the introduction of new, modern treatment technologies into Ohio.

At the national level he served on committees including the National Sanitation Foundation Joint Committee for Wastewater Treatment, the National Precast Concrete Association Onsite Wastewater Product Committee and the State Onsite Regulators Alliance (SORA) Captains of Industry Forum.

The OOWA board of directors lost a leader, colleague and friend. The organization grew under his leadership. We will have big shoes to fill.

 

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