Minwegen Named GM of the Water Reclamation District
Thomas A. Minwegen is the new general manager of the Clark County Water Reclamation District.
The County Commission Tuesday ratified Minwegen’s appointment to the top position at the agency. Minwegen had been serving as the agency’s acting general manager since November and was the agency’s deputy general manager since April.
Prior to joining the County Water Reclamation District, Minwegen worked for the Las Vegas Valley Water District for 30 years. During his time with the Water District, Minwegen held various positions including deputy general manager of engineering & operations and director of engineering and oversaw the local water infrastructure during Southern Nevada’s years of record growth.
“Tom is a superb manager who for many years was responsible for constructing, operating and maintaining water district infrastructure critical to this community,” said Clark County Manager Don Burnette, who appointed Minwegen. “His expertise and leadership skills have been and will continue to be of great benefit to the Water Reclamation District and to this community.”
His responsibilities at the water district included oversight of the utility’s facilities planning, major engineering and construction programs and development program, as well as the water system production, operations and maintenance activities. He also oversaw the automated mapping, facilities management, geographic information system, global positioning survey, supervisory control and data acquisition system and the asset management program.
Minwegen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and is a registered professional engineer in Nevada. He serves on the International Board of Directors of the WateReuse Research Foundation, the joint WateReuse Association/Foundation Executive Team, the WateReuse National Legislative Team, and is the past president of the WateReuse Nevada Section.
The Water Reclamation District is the wastewater agency serving unincorporated Clark County. In addition to the unincorporated areas within the Las Vegas Valley, the district provides wastewater collection and treatment in the communities of Blue Diamond, Indian Springs, Laughlin, Moapa Valley and Searchlight. With seven treatment facilities, the district collects and reclaims more than 100 million gallons of wastewater each day.
The Water Reclamation District was created in 1954 and began treatment operations in 1956. Today, it has an operating budget of $82 million, a capital improvement program of $700 million and a full-time staff of 335. The District's operates and maintains a collection system of more than 2,000 miles of pipeline and 7 treatment facilities, treating more than 100 million gallons of wastewater each day.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.