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M. Rich Walpole PE

Project Manager

Rich is an expert in water right services including; water right buying and selling; change/transfers; and, report of examinations. Rich is the CWS Business Manager and oversees administrative operations, contracts, business cash flow and all other day-to-day business activities.

Rich Walpole has 35 years combined experience in the valve manufacturing industry, piping industry, engineering design, and water right services. Rich Walpole has been employed as an industrial and manufacturing engineer with Columbia Northwest Engineering and Columbia Water Services since 2001. Rich serves as the Business and Project Manager for Columbia Water Works and has served as Business Manager and Project Manager for Columbia Northwest Engineering. Rich has extensive experience and expertise in: Water Rights; Water System design and operations; Water Source Approval; Local, State & Federal Water Regulations; Water Treatment; and, water system operations and management. Rich has an engineering background as a Senior Project Engineer in: Industrial Construction; Industrial Chemical Plant Design and Industrial Plant Manufacturing Operations. Rich has served as a Senior Production Staff Engineer and Department Manager for industrial manufacturing plants and facilities.


B. S. in Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1976


State of Washington Professional Engineer, 2000, #37473


American Planning Association
Planning Association of Washington

Project Experience

  • Project Management
  • Financial, Grants/Loans
  • Technical Studies / Reports
  • Environmental
  • Construction Engineering
  • Municipal Engineering
  • O&M Manuals
  • Operator Training
  • Business Development
  • System Start Up & Troubleshooting
  • Water System Source, Storage and Distribution Design & Permitting