Bill Decker leads Fuel Tech water treatment technologies

Bill Decker, Fuel Tech’s vice-president of water and wastewater technologies

Fuel Tech, a US technology company providing advanced engineering water solutions, has announced Bill Decker as vice-president of water and wastewater treatment technologies. 

In the newly created position, Decker will lead the development of Fuel Tech’s dissolved gas infusion (DGI) technology, including business development; sales and marketing; and new product development and commercialisation. 

DGI provides an alternative to existing aeration technologies for use in utility and industrial applications. Validation testing shows DGI delivers greater than 99% transfer of oxygen when applied to a treated body of water.

Two technologies are used in combination to ensure optimal gas delivery to target water and wastewater processes. These include a next generation pressurised saturator for gas transfer of oxygen solution to a slipstream of water; and a channel injector delivery system to distribute oxygenated water that eliminates gas loss from a targeted body of water.

Fuel Tech has received a notice of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the saturator, and the application for the channel injector is pending.

Decker brings more than 30 years of engineering, operational, and financial experience to Fuel Tech. He has served industrial and municipal water and wastewater clients across the US and internationally. 

He joins from Aqua-Aerobic Systems, a design, application, and manufacture company of water and wastewater treatment equipment and systems, where he served as vice-president and general manager of equipment service group since 2012. 

Previously Decker was president of Aquionics, a supplier of UV disinfection systems, and held positions of increasing responsibility at Ashbrook Simon-Hartley, a provider of water and wastewater treatment services. 

Decker has worked with the US Federal Government and was selected five times by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC), including twice as chairman. ETTAC makes recommendations on issues that affect export competitiveness of US environmental technologies.

In November 2022, Decker was elected chairman of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA), a US non-profit trade association representing water and wastewater technology and service providers since 1908.

Decker earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) from the US Air Force (USAF) Academy and served as a USAF civil engineering officer for six years following his graduation. He rose to the rank of captain prior to his honourable discharge. Decker is continuing his education and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in occupational safety and health.