Darren Cardwell

last updated 6/17/2018

Darren Cardwell


3745 Cunningham Road., Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
HQ Phone:
(865) 922-7547

General Information


Collection System Operator - Wastewater


American Water Works Association

Bachelor of Science Degree - Civil Engineering , University of Tennessee

civil engineering degreeUniversity of Tennessee

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President & Board - Hallsdale-Powell Utility District

Darren Cardwell
HPUD General Manager Since 2000, Darren Cardwell has successfully lead HPUD as the District has embarked on an aggressive capital improvement plan to reduce and eliminate sewer system overflows and to decrease violations at HPUD's wastewater treatment plant. Darren is a Licensed Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is also certified as a Water Distribution Operator and Wastewater Collection System Operator by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. He is a graduate of the American Water Works Association Executive Development Program and the Water Environment Federation Management Development Program.

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HPUD Citizens Academy ventures down the drain - Knox TN Today

We heard from HPUD CEO Darren Cardwell about the nitty-gritty of wastewater treatment, and then we went on a tour of the place.
The plant sits on about 45 acres bordering Beaver Creek in Powell. It was built in 1963 and underwent a renovation and expansion in 2006 due to a consent order from TDEC and EPA to stop all sewer overflows into Beaver Creek. Cardwell said in 2003, the plant had 160 violations in which untreated sewer issued into the creek. Since the renovation, the plant has been award-winning, with only four violations between 2005 and 2014. Cardwell addressed sewer costs for HPUD customers, too. He acknowledged that HPUD rates are higher than neighbors, particularly KUB, but KUB has more sewer customers, so there is a scaling factor of 30,000 versus 100,000 sewer customers. For sewer, HPUD customers pay less than two cents per gallon. Cardwell also said that lack of sufficient and effective sewer capacity can limit development, which could keep costs high or even raise costs for customers. "I always encourage quality development and growth," said Cardwell.

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Darren Cardwell
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