Seattle— Clear Water Compliance Services, which provides high-technology treatment services for stormwater, industrial waste water, groundwater and sludge dewatering, is marking its first decade in business.
"We not only started a company, we helped to start an industry," said Thomas Leggiere, chief executive officer of Clear Water. "We started as a small company in response to a growing need to address stormwater quality issues in Washington state, and we're now doing business around the world."
Clear Water was established in 1998 in response to the heightened awareness of stormwater quality issues arising from the phased implementation of the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. These regulations gave rise to the need for specialized erosion control and water treatment services at construction and industrial sites.
The company has enjoyed substantial growth. It has opened offices on both coasts of the United States, and recently completed the acquisition of Richmond, B.C. firm KI Environmental, a firm already with an established record in Canada for its work in protecting water quality. Clear Water's parent company, Worldwide Water Inc. of Lynnwood, WA, recently opened subsidiary offices in Doha, Qatar; Dubai, UAE; and, al Buraimi, Oman.
Looking ahead, Leggiere said he is very enthusiastic about Clear Water's future.
"Our people are passionate about what they do because their efforts make a real and valuable difference in the world," he said.