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John Renfrow - Director

Water & Sewer

John W. Renfrow began his service as the Director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) in January 2006.

An active member of many committees and organizations that make important decisions regarding Miami-Dade County's water and environmental health, Mr. Renfrow's career with the County began in 1977 as an Engineer with the Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM).

From 1988 to 2006, he served as the Director of DERM, during which time DERM grew into a nationally respected local environmental regulator and educator. A University of Miami graduate, Mr. Renfrow holds a civil engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida.

As the Director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, Mr. Renfrow's duties include supplying Miami-Dade County residents, businesses and visitors with high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services while providing for future economic growth via progressive planning; and safeguarding public health and the environment.

The Department is one of the largest public utilities in the United States, with 2,624 budgeted positions and annual operating revenues of more than $546 million. It provides direct service to more than 422,000 accounts, wholesale water service to 15 municipalities, wholesale sewer service to 13 municipalities, and serves a population of more than 2.3 million.

Mr. Renfrow is a member of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation. He previously served on the Governor's East Everglades 8.5 Square Mile Study Committee, the North West Dade County Fresh Water Lake Plan Implementation Committee, and represented the County on the Miami-Dade County / Florida Keys Water Supply Plan Advisory Committee. He also served as Secretary of the Miami-Dade County Environmental Quality Control Board.

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