Submitted by the Eastsound Sewer and Water District board members Greg Ayers, Mike Stolmeier, David Lowry, Dana Kinsey and Terry Mullan and the ESWD Staff
With 25 years of successful service to the Eastsound Sewer and Water District to his credit, Roy Light is retiring with his health and good nature intact.
Since 1995, Light has successfully and professionally operated that which most of us don’t even want to think about, our community’s sewage collection and treatment systems. Light and the crew have kept both public sewage systems (Eastsound and Orcas Village) running to the highest performance standards – every day and every night of every year! In recognition, there are thirty-some Department of Ecology annual performance award plaques earned by our sewer district personnel.
Light’s dedication, calm persistence professional talents and innate ingenuity to identify and solve problems have served our communities well. Of note, is Light’s unique solution for cleaning the gravel beds at the Orcas Village gravel filter treatment plant. This is his “Vac-u-Suck” scheme. A scheme that really works in a practical way, while saving the district’s patrons hundreds of thousands of dollars each time that it is utilized! Light’s solution and adaptations are evident at every turn around the system.
Due to Light’s wide range of semi-hazardous interests, we extend our smiling sympathies to his loving wife, Dawn and to their charming son, Keith! It will be interesting.
Thanks, and all the best to you and your family, Roy Light. It’s been a very good run.
The district welcomes its new General Manager, Christopher Giesting, who started working for ESWD on June 1. Giesting comes from the City of Loveland, Colorado where he was Plant Manager of a 38 MGD conventional water treatment plant for three years. His previous experience includes Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for the City of Lynden, Washington for over six years and Water Treatment Plant Operator for the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for the City of Lawrence, Ohio and laboratory Technician for the ExxonMobil Corporation.
Giesting also has extensive experience as an instructor for the Washington Environmental Training Center and Red Rocks Community College providing training in the operations of water and wastewater treatment works. He has an A.A.S. in Forest Management from Hocking College, a B.S. in Environmental Science from Morehead State University and an M.S. in Environmental Science – Water Resources from the University of Idaho.
ESWD is excited to have Giesting join the team and lead the District into the future as we as we move toward the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project and improving the efficiency of our community’s sewer system.