ISELIN, N.J. — Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) announced that Richard P. Arber has passed away, according to a press release.

Arber had more than 48 years of experience as a civil engineer and has worked on hundreds of wastewater, water and reuse projects, stated the release.

He had a passion for water engineering and was one of the early champions of water reuse, continued the release.

Arber was involved in several innovative projects, reported the release, including the Denver Water Potable Reuse Demonstration Project, “which was operated during the 1980s and 1990s with the goal of establishing the safety of using reclaimed wastewater for drinking water.”

Arber joined HMM in 2010 with his firm, Richard P. Arber Associates, which he founded in 1981, added the release.

At HMM, Arber served as a vice president and practice leader in the West and a manager of the water and wastewater group in Lakewood, Colorado, reported the release.

“Rick was an energetic and enthusiastic leader, mentor, colleague and friend, and his passion for engineering extended to many people across the country,” noted the release. “We have been fortunate to have worked alongside him and have benefited from his insight. He will be sorely missed.”

You can find the release here.