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Groundwater Foundation Names Gary L. Hix 2019 William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer

Gary L. Hix

(WESTERVILLE, OH - October 8, 2018) – The Groundwater Foundation today announced that industry veteran Gary L. Hix, RG, CWD/PI, will be the 2019 William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer.


Mr. Hix has been a fixture in numerous and varied capacities in the groundwater industry for nearly 40 years. A former licensed water well drilling contractor and registered geologist, Mr. Hix is actively involved in the National Ground Water Association and the Arizona Water Well Association. Throughout his career, he has been a contributing Water Well Journal® editor and has taught classes for the Bureau of Land Management and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service.  

Mr. Hix is semiretired but continues to share his groundwater knowledge through published articles, most recently publishing the e-book titled Domestic Water Wells in Arizona, A Guide for Realtors and Mortgage Lenders

Lecture topics

Mr. Hix will be presenting two lectures topics throughout the year – “Drilling Markets Change, So Must We” and “Drilling Disasters and What We Can Learn.”

“Drilling Markets Change, So Must We” – Economic conditions and technology transformations spur changes in any market, and the water well construction and drilling arenas are not immune to these external changes. In this lecture Mr. Hix will discuss the need to develop a broader awareness of market changes and, more importantly, how to adapt. 

He will also cover how groundwater professionals can best approach constantly changing conditions and structure their business operations to ensure profitability. 

“Drilling Disasters and What We Can Learn” – Anyone who has worked on, or been responsible for, a drill site can most likely recall at least one drilling disaster. And depending on personal experience, disaster can refer to anything from installing incorrect materials on a job site to failing to recognize a situation that caused injury.

In this lecture, Mr. Hix will discuss how each of these experiences presents an opportunity to learn, to avoid similar distress in the future, and to contribute to business profitability and ongoing good will.

McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series Background

Established in 2000 to foster professional excellence, the William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology honors the groundwater contractor and civil engineer from Brookfield, Illinois, who served as the founding president of the National Ground Water Association in 1948. 

Each year a panel of groundwater contractors chooses an outstanding groundwater professional to share his or her professional insights and experiences with the industry. 

For additional information, please contact Barbette Culpepper at or 800-551-7379, ext. 1568. 

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