OWTS Licensing Disciplinary Actions

In Rhode Island, septic systems or "Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems" (OWTSs) must be designed by individuals licensed by DEM. The Department monitors the performance of these private professionals to ensure compliance with OWTS regulations.

The Director of DEM appoints persons from outside the agency to an OWTS Designer Licensing Review Panel for the purpose of reviewing complaints against licensed designers and soil evaluators. The Panel makes recommendations to the Director regarding disciplinary actions including whether to suspend or revoke a license. The Panel's recommendations depend on the severity of the actions involved. The Director is responsible for issuing any formal action, decision, or settlement agreement.

Disciplinary Actions Taken by the Director


License #

Disciplinary Action

Richard Bzdyra


Notice of Violation issued 1/18/05

Penalty paid

Craig Carrigan


Notice of Violation issued 11/24/03

Consent Agreement executed 9/23/04

Penalty paid

Robert Curran


Notice of Violation & License Revocation issued 2/14/13

William Drexel


Notice of Intent issued 10/22/04

License voluntarily surrendered 11/30/04

Kamal Hingorany


Notice of Violation issued 11/24/03

Consent Agreement executed 4/22/04

Penalty paid

Notice of Violation issued 11/21/07

Consent Agreement executed 2/9/10

Penalty paid

Robert Schultz



Notice of Violation issued 10/30/02

Consent Agreement executed 4/1/03

License suspended to 4/1/04

Penalty paid

License currently reinstated & active

A summary of DEM's enforcement actions and case settlements appear on the "Formal Enforcement Action Summaries" page and are searchable by month and year of action.

The official file for any licensed designer or soil evaluator may be viewed by appointment by contacting Jacqueline Tedesco at (401) 222-4700, ext. 2777606 or jacqueline.tedesco@dem.ri.gov.

Anyone who wishes to file a formal complaint about the conduct of any licensed designer may do so by informing DEM. Complaints must be submitted in writing and signed by the complainant. Complaints should be forwarded to:

OWTS Licensing Program

Office of Water Resources

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

235 Promenade Street

Providence, RI 02908