Top drinking water official at EPA retiring


Last month, Dr. Peter Grevatt, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), announced his retirement from the agency after more than 30 years of service.

Grevatt first joined EPA’s Office of Water in 2002 as the Acting Director for the Standards and Health Protection Division and has led the OGWDW since 2012.

Grevatt has been a recurring face at water sector meetings and conferences in Washington, D.C. and around the country, providing updates on EPA’s goals and agendas each year. His last day is expected to be Dec. 14. EPA has yet to announce a successor or acting director. The position of OGWDW director is a career staff position and therefore does not require a presidential appointment.

At the OGWDW, Grevatt was responsible for the development and implementation of national drinking water standards, oversight and funding of state drinking water programs and the implementation of source water protection and underground injection control programs to protect public health nationwide.

Prior to joining the OGWDW in October of 2012, Grevatt served as the Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection and served as the Senior Advisor to EPA’s Administrator for Children’s Environmental Health. Peter has held leadership roles in EPA’s national hazardous waste and water quality programs. He received his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Basic Medical Sciences from New York University Medical Center and earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Earlham College.


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