Kenneth Enlow was elected president of FWPCOA at the association's October 2019 meeting. His term starts this month.
Enlow is a graduate of Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Mo., and served in the U.S. Air Force from October 1970 until April 1974 (active duty) and served his inactive duty with the Air Force Reserves until October 1976. He also served in the U.S. Navy Reserves from August 1980 through July 1986.
He attended Hillsborough Community College and obtained two associates degrees, in pre-liberal arts and occupational safety and health, which he earned utilizing his military veteran benefits.
Enlow is currently project manager for the Tampa Bay Water Surface Water Treatment Plant and has 48 years of service in the water industry.
He began his career in water treatment when he entered the Air Force in October 1970 and first stepped foot in a water treatment plant in December 1970 as a water and wastewater purification maintenance technician. He was discharged from the Air Force on April 10, 1974, and began working for the City of Tampa Water Department on April 20 of that year at what is now the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Plant. Besides plant operations, his duties there included operating the raw and finished water pumps, utilizing steam-driven turbines for both high- and low-service pumping. To qualify for operating the steam power plant, he became a first-class stationary steam engineer and used this experienced later on to join the Navy Reserves as a boiler technician.
He obtained his Class A drinking water license during his 18-year tenure with City of Tampa and moved on to work for the City of St. Petersburg's Cosme Water Treatment Plant as the chief operator in 1992. In 2002, he left City of St. Petersburg and become the operations manager for Veolia North America (formally U.S. Filter Operating Services) at the Tampa Bay Water Surface Water Treatment Plant. There he was promoted to assistant project manager when the plant was expanded from 66 million gallons per day (mgd) to 120 mgd in 2010, and promoted to his current position of project manager in July 2017.
In his current job he's responsible for the overall operation of the- Tampa Bay Water Surface Water Treatment Plant, which includes operations, maintenance, solids, and the laboratory, and has a staff of 26. There is also one satellite project for the maintenance of hydrogen sulfide removal at the S.K. Keller Water Treatment Facility.
Enlow is a life member of FWPCOA and a member of the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association. He served. FWPCOA as a trustee and officer in both Region 4 and Region 12, and served · on and chaired the state Education Committee. He's taught short school classes in the regions and at state short schools, and is still active as an instructor.
He is married to his wife, Rose, and they celebrated their 47th anniversary on Aug. 5, 2019. They have two children and three grandchildren.
When he's not working, Enlow likes to ride his motorcycle and play video games.