Joel H. Jones promoted to ReWa chief operating officer

August 24, 2020

Jones to oversee day-to-day operations at ReWa

ReWa announced that Joel H. Jones has been selected to serve as chief operating officer (COO). The COO role is a first-time role for ReWa, further indicative of the organization’s sustained success and commitment to the future. Joel began his career at ReWa in 1993 as a wastewater treatment plant nightshift trainee/operator. He has advanced through many leadership positions that have spanned numerous areas from the laboratory, pretreatment and operations. In 2017, Joel was promoted to chief technical officer (CTO) and has since provided leadership for the operations, maintenance, engineering, laboratory, safety, security and regulatory programs.

In this new role as COO, he will oversee day to day operations of ReWa and continue to lead our team of employees as we navigate the path to ensure that our waterways are preserved and protected for future generations.

“Introducing the chief operating officer position signals a new era for our advancing organization,” said ReWa Chief Executive Officer Graham W. Rich. “Joel brings years of technical expertise and an invaluable understanding of ReWa’s values to the COO role. I’m confident his leadership will continue to empower our organization and inspire quality decisions that benefit both our region’s waterways and our community.”

“I am honored to accept the chief operating officer role at ReWa,” said Jones. “I am eager to work with a great leadership team to steer our organization along a path that is well-positioned to accelerate into the future. There are some exciting new projects on the horizon – both operationally and community-focused. We are taking more of a holistic approach here at ReWa as we understand and are proud that we do more than just treat wastewater- we protect and elevate the quality of life here in our community.”

A proud Clemson alumnus, Jones currently resides with his wife Amanda, and their three children

– two daughters, Kassie and Sadie, and one son, Robert, in the community of Dacusville. Along with leading ReWa’s protection of area waterways, Jones also takes time to enjoy the region’s lakes, rivers and streams with his family and friends by camping, hunting and working in his yard. Joel has a passion for building things, teaching at his church and traveling the country.


About Renewable Water Resources (ReWa)

Since 1925, Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) has been committed to providing high quality wastewater treatment services to the Upstate of South Carolina while promoting a cleaner environment, protecting the public health and water quality of the Upstate waterways and developing the necessary sewer infrastructure to sustain our community and growing economy.

With nine water resource recovery facilities and 352 miles of pipe, we serve a broad geographic area, including Greenville County and portions of Anderson, Laurens, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties. Each day an estimated 42 million gallons of water passes through our trunk lines and reclamation facilities before being cleaned and returned to our area rivers and streams. To learn more about ReWa, visit