Frederick Pontius, Ph.D.

Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Office Phone: (951) 343-4846
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 345
Office Hours: M W F 9:30 AM to 11:30 T 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Civil (Environmental) Engineering University of Colorado at Boulder 2007
M.S. Civil Engineering University of Colorado at Boulder 1977
B.S. Civil Engineering University of Colorado at Boulder 1975
  • Additional Education


    Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado.

  • Courses Taught

    Drinking Water Treatment
    Wastewater Treatment
    Environmental Engineering I and II
    Capstone Design I and II
    Sustainable Civil Engineering
    Applied Engineering Analysis

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Water, Sanitation, and Health
    Drinking water treatment

  • Teaching Experience

    Adjunct Instructor, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, 2009-2010
    Instructor, University of Colorado CEEP, Denver, Colorado, 2008-2010

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications


    Chitosan as a Drinking Water Coagulant. Presented at the 2016 International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering. July 26-27, 2016, Xian, China.

    Upgrading Small Drinking Water Systems using Surface Water to Control Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids. Presented at the 11th International Water Association Conference on Small Water & Wastewater Systems and Sludge Management, which met Oct. 27-30 in Harbin, China.

    Drinking Water Treatment in Agricultural Areas. Invited presentation to faculty and students at the College of Resources and Environmental Science, Chinese Agricultural University in Beijing, China, Oct. 23, 2013.

    Climate Impacts on Small Water Systems. Presentation at the 2012 AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, Nov. 4-7, 2012, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    Assessment of Virus Passage Through Compromised Low Pressure Membranes. 2008 AWWA Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

    Pontius, F.W., Amy, G.L., Huffman, D., Rajagoplan, B., and Crimaldi, J. Predictive Modeling of Virus Rejection by Low Pressure Membranes. AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, November 6-10, 2005, Quebec City, Canada.

    Membrane Filtration Regulations – State and Federal. American Membrane Technology Association Annual Symposium. Westminster, Colorado, August 4, 2003.

    Boil Water Advisories: Lessons Learned from Colorado Communities. USEPA Workshop on Risk Communication. George Washington University, Washington, DC, November 5-6, 2002.

    UV Patent and Regulatory Compliance Issues. AWWA Rocky Mountain Section Seminar on Ultraviolet Disinfection, Denver, CO, May 29, 2002.

    Risk Management of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Drinking Water. USEPA Workshop on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Cincinnati, OH, January 2002.

    Integrated Membrane Systems. Association of State Drinking Water Administrators Annual Meeting, October 2001, Baltimore, MD.

    Disinfection Regulations. Environmental Engineering Seminar, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, January 2001.

    Arsenic Removal Technologies for Small Systems: Making the Right Choice. 2000 AWWA Annual Conference. June 11-15, 2000, Denver, CO.

    Water Utility Perspective on Endocrine Disruptors. AWWA Research Foundation Workshop on Endocrine Disruptors and Pharmaceutically Active Chemicals in Drinking Water. Chicago, Illinois, April 19-21, 2000.


    Pontius, F.W. Chitosan as a Drinking Water Treatment Coagulant. American Journal of Civil Engineering. Vol. 4, No. 5, 2016, pp. 205-215.

    Pontius, F.W., Crimaldi, J.P., and Amy, G.L. Virus Passage Through Compromised Low-Pressure Membranes: A Particle Tracking Model. Journal of Membrane Science, Sept 2011.

    Pontius, F.W., Amy, G.L., and Hernandez, M.T. Fluorescent Microspheres as Virion Surrogates in Low-Pressure Membrane Studies. Journal of Membrane Science, 335:43-50, June 2009.

    Pontius, F.W. and W.B. Evans. 2008. An analysis of potential costs for small community cross-connection control. Jour. AWWA, 100:66-80. (Received AWWA Best Paper Award, 2009)

    Pontius, F.W., Drinking water contaminant regulation—where are we heading? Jour. AWWA, 96:3:56-69, March 2004.

    Karim, M.R., Pontius, F.W., and LeChevallier, M.W. Detection of Noroviruses in Water—Summary of an International Workshop. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 189:21-28, January 1, 2004.

    Pontius, F.W., Update on USEPA’s drinking water regulations. Jour. AWWA, 95:3:57-68, March 2003.

    Pontius, F.W., Regulatory Compliance Planning to Ensure Water Supply Safety. Jour. AWWA, 94:3:52-64, March 2002.

    Pontius, F.W., Complying with future drinking water regulations. Jour. AWWA, 91:3:46-58, March 1999.

    Pontius, F.W., Kawczynski, E., and Koorse, S.J. Regulations Governing Membrane Concentrate Disposal. Jour. AWWA, 88:5:44-52, May 1996.

    Pontius, F.W., Brown, K.G., and Chen, C.-J. Health Implications of Arsenic in Drinking Water. Jour. AWWA, 86:9:52-63, September 1994.

    Pontius, F.W., Complying With the New Drinking Water Quality Regulations. Jour. AWWA, 82:2:32-52, February 1990. (Granted the 1991 AWWA Publications Award).


    Pontius, F.W. 2003. (Editor and Contributor) Drinking Water Regulation and Health. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

    Pontius, F.W., Damian, P., and Eaton, A.E. Chapter 4. Regulation of Perchlorate in Drinking Water. Perchlorate in the Environment. (Edited by E.T. Urbansky) Plenum/Kluwer. 2000.

    Pontius, F.W. Regulation of Disinfection By-Products (DBPs). In: Formation and Control of Disinfection By-Products in Drinking Water. (Edited by Dr. P.C. Singer) AWWA, Denver. 1999.

    Pontius, F.W. and S. Clark. Chapter 1: Drinking Water Quality Standards Regulations and Goals. In: Water Quality and Treatment, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill Book Company, NY. 1999.


    Pontius, F.W. Climate Impacts of Small Water Systems: Science, Policy, and Practices. Proceedings of the 2012 AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, Nov. 4-7, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    Pontius, F.W., Crimaldi, J.P., and Amy, G.L. Assessment of Virus Passage Through Compromised Low Pressure Membranes, Proceedings 2008 AWWA Annual Conference, June 8-12, 2008, Atlanta, Georgia.

    Pontius, F.W., Arias, M. Integrating Disinfection Byproduct (DBP) Precursor Removal Prior to Microfiltration at Small Water Systems. Proceedings AWWA Membrane Technology Conference, March 18-21, 2007, Tampa, Florida.

    Pontius, F.W., Amy, G., Hernandez, M., and Jacangelo, J.. Suitability of Fluorescent Microspheres as Virion Surrogates in Water Treatment Studies. Proceedings AWWA 2006 Water Quality Technology Conference, November 5-9, 2006, Denver, Colorado.

    Pontius, F.W. Wastewater Reuse. White Paper prepared for the Jemez y Sangre Water Commission, New Mexico, February 2002.

    Pontius, F.W. Best Management Practices to Protect Groundwater Systems. Jour. AWWA, 90:8:18, August 1998.

    Pontius, F.W., New Horizons in Federal Regulation. Jour. AWWA, 90:3:38-50, March 1998.

    Pontius, F.W., Future Directions in Water Quality Regulations. Jour. AWWA, 89:3:40-54, March 1997.

    Pontius, F.W. Drinking Water Disinfection with Chlorine: An Effective Public Health Practice. Health and Environment Digest, 10:11:81-84, April 1997.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Sandals Church, Riverside, California
    International student ministry (e.g. International Students Inc. (ISI) events)

  • Community Service & Involvement


    Participant in the Sustainability Committee of the American Water Works Association, 2016
    Peer Reviewer for Journal of Water Research, 2016
    Peer Reviewer for Journal of Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 2015 to present.
    Peer Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Management, 2007 to 2010.
    Peer Reviewer for IEEE Sensors Journal, 2007.
    Peer Reviewer for Journal of the American Water Works Association, 1985 to 2010.
    Peer Reviewer for Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 2009.
    Peer Reviewer. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Research and Development. Arsenic Research Projects, 2003, 2004.
    Peer Reviewer. Draft report on Classifying Drinking Water Contaminants for Regulatory Consideration. National Research Council Committee on Drinking Water Contaminants. January 2001.
    Contributing Editor, Journal of the American Water Works Association, 1990 to 1999, 2007 to 2010.
    Project Advisory Committee Member, AWWA Research Foundation Project: Estimating the Cost of Compliance with Drinking Water Standards: A User’s Guide, 1992-1994.


    2009 AWWA Distribution and Plant Operations Division Best Paper Award
    1999 AWWA Regulatory Agencies Division Best Paper Award
    1997 AWWA Regulatory Agencies Division Best Paper Award
    1997 Archie E. Becher Award of Excellence, presented by AWWA Board of Directors
    1996 AWWA Regulatory Agencies Division Best Paper Award
    1991 AWWA Publications Award, best paper in Journal AWWA
    Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
    Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society


    Life/Honorary Member, American Water Works Association
    International Water Association (IWA)

  • Interests & Hobbies

    My greatest joy is being with my wife of 27 years, Nancy.

  • Personal Philosophy

    1 John 3:1

    How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!