Metro Water Recovery is guided by the leadership of our Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors, who represent 23 municipalities throughout the Denver metro area.

Guidance from the Board of Directors helps support our mission of protecting the region’s health and environment by cleaning water and recovering resources.  

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Welcome to Metro Water Recovery!   

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Metro Water Recovery, previously “Metro Wastewater Reclamation District,” was established in 1961 as a cost-effective, regional solution to wastewater treatment in the growing metropolitan area.  Today, it is the largest treatment provider in the Rocky Mountain region and is a nationally recognized leader in wastewater treatment technology and innovation.  

At Metro Water Recovery, our core business is clean water, although we also expand our focus to other aspects of the environment.  We recognize the value of water to the region and are engaged with our partners to create opportunities to improve the environment and prepare for growth.  Every day we carry out our duty to the health and safety of the two million people impacted by our services.  As river guardians, we create a positive impact to our ecosystem.

We strive to be a worldwide leader in reinventing the wastewater treatment industry and have developed a culture to continuously identify cutting-edge technologies and processes for the benefit of the customers we serve and the wastewater industry. 

Metro Water Recovery has just launched a new brand – and the effort is timely.  The time has now come for us to tell our story.  With community members and stakeholders embracing high levels of  environmental awareness and concern, it is important for us to stay on the forefront of clean water issues and elevate our brand as a trusted leader and subject matter expert.  Having a strong brand which reflects the innovative spirit that embodies our culture will allow us to leverage our expertise and raise the visibility of our mission.  

Over the course of history, civilizations have thrived and perished based on sickness and diseases; many of which were waterborne.  Some say the toilet is one of the most impactful inventions in history.  I would argue on a larger scale it may actually be the wastewater treatment plant.  Each day, our hard-working and dedicated staff ensures 130 million gallons of water is treated and returned to the South Platte River for the next user while resources from the wastewater are recovered and reused.  It’s a complex and fascinating cycle, and an opportunity to contribute to the movement toward a more renewable society. 

I trust you will find our website redesign informative and easy to navigate.  Whether you are doing business with Metro Water Recovery or just wanting to learn more about us, the Board of Directors and staff appreciate your time. Thank you for visiting. 

Andrew Johnston, Chair of the Board 

Cleaning Water and Recovering Resources  

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The professionals at Metro Water Recovery work relentlessly to achieve our mission—to protect the region’s health and environment by cleaning water and recovering resources.  As CEO, I am honored to lead a world-class staff dedicated to sustaining the high quality of life we enjoy along the Front Range.  Clean water is a foundation of health and life in our region, and we are committed to tackling the never-ending challenge of managing our precious water resources. 
It is also a privilege to lead this organization at this time in the organization’s history. For over a half century, we have been pioneers in sustainability.  The water we receive and renew is returned to the river to replenish the watershed.  It sustains river life and is used for drinking water, agriculture, and recreation.  The resources we recover from the renewal process are used to grow food,  power our operations, and be a source of heat for the community. 
Now we face new challenges.  The Front Range population is growing exponentially and the need for clean water has never been more critical.   When this organization was formed, we were at the end of the water cycle; now we are at the center of the water cycle. Being leaders in the clean water industry has never been more important to the two million people we serve.
With environmental concerns increasing, telling the story of who we are as guardians of the river has never been more important.  We have always had the good fortune as an organization to be able to adapt, innovate, and collaborate to ensure future generations can rely on the essential public service we provide.  Now we need to elevate ourselves as thought leaders and educators on the important work we do, which is why we strategically decided to embark on a name and logo change as part of a strategic effort to increase our visibility and leverage a strong brand at the local, state, and national levels.  
Even as we prepare for the future, we focus on the critical work at hand.  We have the smartest, most dedicated people in the business, a Board and membership which supports and pushes us to be better, and a Strategic Plan to guide us.  Together those elements work to protect our communities every minute, every day, all year long.  As the CEO of Metro Water Recovery, I am honored to be a part of this critical work.

William J. “Mickey” Conway, CEO

Metro includes 61 cities and special districts, 23 of which have voting representation on the Board of Directors.  We call these 23 governments Member Municipalities (listed below). Representation is based on the population within each Member Municipality, with one Director for every 75,000 or fraction thereof. 

Andrew Johnston


Sarah Niyork

Chair Pro Tem  

Jo Ann Giddings


Del Smith


Alameda Water & Sanitation District 
Represented by:

Applewood Sanitation District 
Represented by:
Steve Pott 

City of Arvada 
Represented by:
Sharon Israel and Craig Kocian

City of Aurora 
Represented by:
Greg Baker, Nadine Caldwell, James DeHerrera, Jo Ann Giddings, Bob LeGare, Marena Lertch

Bancroft-Clover Water & Sanitation District 
Represented by:
Del Smith 

Berkeley Water & Sanitation District 
Represented by:
John Chavez 

City of Brighton 
Represented by:
Clint Blackhurst

Crestview Water & Sanitation District 
Represented by:
Michael Barrett

City & County of Denver 
Represented by:
Travis Bogan, Mary Gearhart, Andrew Johnston, Janet Kieler, Doug Lazure, Thomas Roode, Peter Spanberger, Mary Beth Susman, Jennifer Williams, and Ronald Younger 

East Lakewood Water & Sanitation District 
Represented by:
Deborah Crisp 

City of Fort Lupton
Represented by:
Charles Miller 

Fruitdale Sanitation District 
Represented by:
Martin Majors 

City of Lakewood 
Represented by:
Laura Kroeger and Greg Sekera 

North Pecos Water & Sanitation District 
Represented by:
Dennis Towndrow 

North Table Mountain Water & Sanitation District 
Represented by:
Jamie Miller

North Washington Street Water & Sanitation District Represented by:
Amerigo Svaldi

Northwest Lakewood Sanitation District 
Represented by:

G. Clark Davenport 

Pleasant View Water & Sanitation District 
Represented by:
David Councilman 

South Adams County Water & Sanitation Distirct 
Represented by:
Sarah Niyork 

City of Thornton 
Represented by:
Josh Redman and Scott Twombly 

City of Westminster 
Represented by:
Curt Aldstadt

Westridge Sanitation District 
Represented by:
Joan Iler 

Wheat Ridge Sanitation District 
Represented by:
Philip Burgi