Joseph A Cotruvo, PhD, BCES

Joseph A Cotruvo, PhD, BCES


Joseph Cotruvo and Associates, Water, Environment and Public Health Consultants

Joseph Cotruvo is president of Joseph Cotruvo and Associates, Water, Environment and Public Health Consultants. Consulting and advisory committees include the World Health Organization’s Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality, and numerous oversight panels on drinking water quality, desalination, and recycled potable water reuse. He was the first Director of EPA’s Drinking Water Standards Division after passage of the SDWA, and Director of the Risk Assessment Division in the Chemical Toxics program. They  developed comprehensive national drinking water regulations and health risk assessments for microbial contaminants, organic and inorganic chemicals, pesticides, radionuclides, the original regulations for THM disinfection by-products, surface water filtration, and proposed Lead and Copper corrosion control rules. It also initiated Drinking Water Health Advisories.

Joe served for a number of years as EPA member on the NSF International Council of Public Health Consultants that reviews and approves all NSF Int. standards prior to issuance.  He retired from EPA in 1998.

Joe served on the Washington DCWater Board of Directors for 8 years and chaired the water quality committee. He works on applications of potable and non-potable water reuse, regulatory policy, chemical analysis, water treatment technology, legionella management, risk assessment, metagenomics microbial analyses. He has over 400 publications and  presentations on health risk, water quality and safety, water reuse, regulatory policy, and metagenomics applications in water microbial analyses, and in applications of analytics for tracking coronavirus.

His PhD is in Physical Organic Chemistry from the Ohio State University, and he had post doctoral study in Europe. He is an Adjunct Research Professor, University of Toledo, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and on the School of Green Chemistry and Engineering Advisory Board, and he serves on advisory boards for Ohio State University and the University of the District of Columbia. He is Board Certified in Environmental Sciences by AAEES and recipient of their Science Award (2019). He also received the Walter Snyder Award from the National Environmental Health Association, and NSF International.


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