Richard D. Ailiff

Richard D. (Rick) Ailiff, Jr.EXPERIENCE 
Rick has an extensive background in virtually all water and wastewater system operations, with hands-on skills in trouble shooting and problem resolution of most water/wastewater related issues. He has a thorough understanding of supervisory principles and practices, preventive and practices, preventative and predictive maintenance of water and wastewater treatment equipment and facilities. Rick is highly motivated and intuitive, effective at human relations, and able to mange both time and recourses to maximize productivity.

With over 29 years experience and 16 years management, he has a wealth of knowledge in process control measures and implementation for optimized plant performance; budget development and financial management; financial planning; cost control measures; management of budgets over $4 million; due diligence of plants; strategic planning; staff hiring, training supervision, evaluation, and motivation; extensive computer knowledge; capital equipment acquisitions; client relations; negotiations; and knowledge of all State, Federal, and OSHA Regulations pertaining to Water/Wastewater. Past experience includes:


  • 4 MGD Surface Water Treatment Plant
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control – Lab Procedures
  • Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) Program


  • 4 MGD Surface Water Treatment Plant
  • 4 MGD Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Distribution System – 85 Miles pipe, 6 storage tanks, 5 booster stations
  • Collection System – 66 miles of pipe, 10 lift stations
  • Leak detection programs
  • Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) Extensive Camera and Smoke testing experience


  • Chattahoochee Valley Water Supply District, Lanett Alabama
- 8 MGD Conventional Surface Water Treatment Plant
- Sludge removal – Lagoons
  • Five Star Water Supply District, Wetumpka Alabama
- 8 MGD Conventional Surface Water Treatment Plant
- Sludge removal – Lagoons
  • Central Elmore Water and Sewer Authority, Eclectic Alabama
- 10 MDG USFilter Microfloc Surface Water Treatment Plant
- Surge Removal – elevated drying beds – land application


  • General Business: Williamson High School, 1980
  • Mining Technology: Pikeville College, 1981-1982
  • Business Management: South West Virginia Community College, 1982-1983
  • US Filter “Boot Camp” in Oklahoma City for Project Managers
  • High Impact Leadership Course: Columbia University


  • Pipeline Assessment Certification Program, Certification # U-208-6268
  • Class IV West Virginia Public Water Supply Operators Certification
  • Class IV Alabama Department of Enviromental Management Operators Certification
  • Georgia Class I Water Certification
  • West Virginia Water Fluoridation Certification, Obtained 1987
  • Alabama Class-D Drivers License, Current
  • Certified Meter Tester, Cert. No. 978
  • West Virginia Rural Water Association Water Operator of the Year, 1998
  • OSHA Certified


  • Member of West Virginia Rural Water Association
  • Member of Alabama Rural Water Association
  • Member of American Water Works Association
  • Member of board to amend the West Virginia Public Water Supply Operators regulations
  • Water Enviroment Federation