WIWSA Board Members honored for Drinking Water Week

Drinking Water Week | Washington State Department of Health

Association vice-president and Town of Coupeville Public Works Director Joe Grogan received a Grace Under Pressure award, while Assocation director and former president John Lovie received a Lifetime Achievement award.

Grace Under Pressure

Joe Grogan, Public Works Director, Town of Coupeville. Joe started his career as Utility Supervisor in 2016 as the Navy confirmed PFAS contamination in the Town of Coupeville’s newest drinking water well. Joe became an expert on PFAS contaminants, testing, state and federal regulations, treatment operations, and more. He acted as liaison between the Navy and the town, communicating complex information in a transparent and understandable way. He created a calm environment and gained the trust of the community, the press, and the Navy. Joe was recently promoted to Public Works Director and continues to oversee capital projects, the utility crew, and all while keeping current with emerging state and federal PFAS regulations.

Lifetime Achievement

John Lovie, former Whidbey Island Water System Association President, is recognized for his Lifetime Achievement. John also served on other boards and committees during his tenure, including the Water Resources Advisory Committee (WIWSA). He founded and still runs the WIWSA newsletter, which covers topics like emerging contaminants, regulations, and available funding. He’s also served on nine local community scientific organizations, providing his expertise and hours of his time. He is passionate about water conservation and works tirelessly to advocate for the preservation of natural resources. John is involved with the PFAS response and is a member of the PFAS Chemical Action Plan Advisory Committee. Part of that work is making recommendations to the Department of Ecology. It also works to ensure safe drinking water, managing environmental contamination, and reduce PFAS in products available to consumers. John’s work encompasses the whole of Island County, not just his own community.