St. Petersburg hires new overseer of wastewater system

Lisa Rhea was formerly public works director in Oldsmar
Lisa Rhea, shown here in Oldsmar in 2012, has been hired to take charge of St. Petersburg's wastewater system. [Times (2012]
Lisa Rhea, shown here in Oldsmar in 2012, has been hired to take charge of St. Petersburg's wastewater system. [Times (2012]
Published June 13

ST. PETERSBURG — City leaders recently filled a new management position to oversee the city’s embattled wastewater system.

Lisa Rhea, who taught chemistry before getting her masters in environmental engineering, was hired in April as a senior water resources manager.

The former Oldsmar public works director takes over a system that is undergoing extensive renovation. The city is spending $326 million to improve its wastewater system as part of a consent order with the state after the 2015-16 sewage crisis, during which the city spilled up to a billion gallons.

Rhea was most recently a vice president at Jones Edmunds, an environmental and infrastructure company, according to her resume.

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