Andrew Sawyers

Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Wastewater Management

Andrew D. Sawyers is the director of the Office of Wastewater Management (OWM) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., where he oversees the management of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The NPDES is the Clean Water Act’s mechanism for the permitting of municipal and industrial discharge into surface waters of the U.S. In his role as the director of OWM, Dr. Sawyers is also responsible for multiple technical and financial assistance tools for the development and maintenance of the country’s wastewater infrastructure, including Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and EPA’s Water Finance Center.

Previously at the EPA, Dr. Sawyers was the deputy director of the EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. In that capacity, he worked with the director to manage the implementation of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. 

Prior to the EPA, he worked for the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration, managing the State’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. Dr. Sawyers has a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in geography and environmental engineering.