David Drake, a long-time resident of Escondido, the Vice President of Hadronex, and the treasurer of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District board of directors, was recently recognized with the 2020 Industry Icon Award by Water and Waste Digest, an industry-related technical magazine which covers breaking news and new developments in water and wastewater products, projects, and technology.
The award, which is open to engineers, consultants, equipment manufacturers, designers, administrators or other water and wastewater professionals, recognizes an individual’s passion for the water and wastewater treatment industry, dedication beyond normal work hours, and compassion for their local community.
With an electrical engineering degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Master of Science Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Drake first entered the world of water policy as a City of Escondido representative with the San Diego County Water Authority in 1990. Later, in 2002, Drake became the Vice President of Engineering for PointSource Technologies where he managed the real-time detection of microorganisms.
By 2005, along with his business partner, Greg Quist, they started Hadronex Inc., also known as SmartCover Systems, with a dedication to the development of a solution that promised to provide reliable wastewater collection system visibility. This led to a collaborative design of the first real-time remote monitoring system designed specifically to prevent sewer spills. Today, many wastewater utilities have come to depend on SmartCover for proactive predictions and notifications to help prevent sewer overflows.
In 2006, Drake was appointed to the board of directors for the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District and has served 4 consecutive terms of service. He currently serves as Rincon Water’s Board Treasurer and on the Fire/Emergency preparedness Committee, Sewer Committee, and the Audit Committee. Drake also serves on the Association of California Water Agencies’ (ACWA) Energy Committee, is Rincon Water’s representative to the ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority (JPIA) and serves on the ACWA/JPIA Worker’s Compensation Committee.
Serving as a mentor to those in the water and waste water communities as well as the community in which he lives, Drake says that there are three components to successfully reach an end goal: Attack the problem – not the people; assume you don’t have all the answers; and, give people a mission. Drake is clearly an Industry Icon.
Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District is an independent, special district dedicated to providing potable and recycled water to approximately 30,000 people in a 42-square-mile area that includes Escondido, San Marcos, San Diego, and other surrounding unincorporated areas through nearly 8,000 connections. The public is invited to Board meetings, which take place at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Rincon’s facilities located at 1920 North Iris Lane in Escondido.