Operations

Aqua Operations, Inc., is a registered contract operator with the California Water Resources Control Board, and maintains a staff of operators, Grades I through V, certified by the California Department of Public Health in water distribution and water treatment, and by the State Water Resources Control Board in wastewater operation.  The professional expertise of our staff includes wastewater operations experience of the Orange County Water District’s internationally known Water Factory 21, a world-renowned, and first-of-its-kind, water recycling and injection facility that helped pave the way for many international projects and ultimately the Groundwater Replenishment System, to water treatment of the Los Angeles Owens Valley Aqueduct delivering water from the Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to Los Angeles, for the city’s Department of Water and Power.

Mr. Michael Popichak, a principal owner of Aqua Operations, Inc., has become one of the most noted operators and educators of wastewater and water technology in the world. His hands-on experience over the past forty-three years ranges from small agencies such as the Stonehouse Mutual Water District, to large municipalities such as the City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Water & Power. Serving as the Utilities Operations Administrator with the City of Santa Rosa, CA, to service with the James M. Montgomery Engineers, Corp, which became Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH Global) in 2001, where he was the Training Manager on a $12,000,000 training project, he honed his skills in administration and management. Other notable positions Mr. Popichak has held, in addition to his time with the Orange County Water District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power includes project supervision for as few as nine to as many as seventy-five employees on projects that has taken him around the world. Mr. Popichak received his lifetime California Community College teaching credential in 1980, after attending California State University at Fullerton and National University, and holds degrees in water technology and business administration.

Mr. Clint Hilderbrand, also a principal owner of Aqua Operations, Inc., is certified in wastewater operations, general contracting, and real estate brokerage, and heads our governmental and regulatory affairs management and consulting services. He has considerable experience with water resource management, the commercial building industry, the agricultural industry, and has served as a consultant to major corporations such as Hilton Corporation and Wal-Mart, among several other Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Hilderbrand provides and oversees our client’s regulatory compliance programs, industrial pretreatment programs, and sewer system management plans, in addition to overseeing the preparation of scientific data for scheduled reporting to federal, state, and local regulators by municipal and privately owned utilities. Mr. Hilderbrand attended Louisiana State University and the University of New Orleans, and holds degrees in administration and communications.