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TX-Future of On-Site in Texas - John Blount, P.E.


Mr. Blount plans to discuss his vision for the future of OSSFs and how the industry will change in response to consumer needs. Additionally, he will reveal the obstacles that must be overcome thereby unlocking potentially vast rewards. In this session, we will evaluate where we have been, examine where we are now, and explore the future possibilities of OSSFs. Covered topics will include waterless urinals and toilets, high-strength wastewater treatment, wastewater reuse, and alternative disposal techniques. The highlight will be the home of the future, with sustainable driven water and wastewater practices showcasing what is achievable through collective innovation.

JOHN BLOUNT, P.E., Harris County Engineer
John Blount is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston. After college he served as an Army Corps of Engineers officer on both active and reserve duty, achieving the rank of captain while being stationed in the United States, Republic of Germany and the Republic of Honduras. He has worked in the civil engineering field for thirty-three years and is a Registered Professional Engineer (WI) (TX) as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. He has been employed with Harris County for over thirty years starting as an Inspector and advancing to Director of the Engineering Department. He currently holds the position of County Engineer. He serves on the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Joint Wastewater Committee and was previously Chairman of the Texas Onsite Wastewater Research Council appointed by the governor. John is a leader in green infrastructure and sustainability practices.