Voter’s Edge California
Get the facts before you vote.
Brought to you by
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
KPBS Voters Guide@KPBSNews
November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

South Coast Water DistrictCandidate for Board Member

Photo of Markus J. Lenger

Markus J. Lenger

Water Innovator
4,970 votes (27.3%)
Use tab to activate the candidate button. Use "return" to select this candidate. You can access your list by navigating to 'My Choices'.
For more in-depth information on this candidate, follow the links for each tab in this section. For most screenreaders, you can hit Return or Enter to enter a tab and read the content within.
Candidate has provided information.
Thank candidate for sharing their information on Voter's Edge.

My Top 3 Priorities

  • Deploy innovative and sustainable technologies - I will work hard to reduce our imported water dependency.
  • Environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility - I will advocate to utilize the latest technologies supported by the many grants available.
  • Water security - I want a diversified collection of methods like water reuse, gray water, conservation, smart irrigation and smart city controls.



Profession:Water Innovator
Owner/CEO, CleanBlu Innovations (2011–current)
Voting Member, NSF/ANSI 350 WWT Task Group — Appointed position (2008–current)
Chairman, Federally appointed Foodservices Task Group – writes governing laws for water reuse in the US — Appointed position (2018–current)
Special Expert Voting Member, IAPMO Water Efficiency & Sanitation Standard Technical Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Voting Member, ISO Technical Committee for Water Reuse in Urban Areas and Decentralized Systems — Appointed position (2010–current)
Voting Member, IAPMO Water Efficiency & Sanitation Standard Technical Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Owner/CEO, Hydrologix Inc (2006–2011)
Senior Technical Solutions Manager, IBM (1999–2005)


Max Planck Institute, Munich, Germany Doctorate, High Energy Physics (1991)
San Jose State, CA Masters of Science, Laser Technology (1989)
Berufsschule, Switzerland Swiss equivalent of Batchelor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering (1987)



Doctorate High Energy Physics | 1991 | Max Planck Institute, Munich, Germany

MS Laser Technology | 1989 | San Jose State, CA

Electrical Engineering | 1987 | Berufsschule, Switzerland



CEO & Co-founder | CleanBlu | 11/2011 to present

Industrialized FOG-DS technology and obtained relevant patents and trademarks. Developed IoT software and custom PC boards and established full in- house production and manufacturing. Designed and developed water reuse control and building management systems as well as residential water reuse pilot system for Whirlpool Corp. Acquired several high- profile customers while continuously pioneering new applications.

CEO & Founder | Hydrologix | 2003 to 11/2011

Developed customized bio-reactor and bio-remediation system and subsequently the core FOG bio-remediation technology and successfully created market presence in California and Hawaii. Developed innovated bio- augmentation methods. Innovated heavy metal removal using bio/ion/exchangers. Design of metagenomic bio-controllers for single homes to industrial wastewater treatment plants.

Snr Technical Solutions Mgr. | IBM | 1999 to 2005

With 3,500 reporting, Lenger’s e-business teams designed global e-infrastructures for clients such as Bank of America, Nestle, IRS, ABB, Toyota, Equifax and more. Initiated $5B worth of business for IBM and saved Toyota $60M in IT expenditure per annum.


Chairman - Federally appointed Foodservices Task Group – writes governing laws for water reuse in the US - also adopted by Australia, China, India, Mexico and Canada

IAPMO Water Efficiency & Sanitation Standard Technical Committee - Special Expert Voting Member

ISO Technical Committee for
Water Reuse in Urban Areas and Decentralized Systems – Voting Member

ASME A112 CSA Committee - Voting Member NSF/ANSI 350 WWT Task Group - Voting Member


2013 Awarded accelerated US patent – Biofuel extraction from FOG

2015-2017 Developed graywater processing system achieving net-zero water for Whirlpool Corp

1995 Designed efficiency improvements for Japan’s largest wastewater treatment manufacturer, Hitachi

1999 Installed his bio-reactor system at Tyson Foods AK and successfully treated complex waste stream from food plant

2005-2009 Restored 30 small lakes and ponds in collaboration with Plocher Energy Systems

2000 Designed four systems to bio- remediate used marine oil and bilge water

1997 Designed new-to-world microbial gold extraction plant. Successfully processed sand containing gold from Ghana, Africa

1998 Successfully bio-remediated Mars Cove of heavy crude oil following Exxon Valdez spill, using Bio Versal. EPA rated it among the top five methods of fighting oil spills from over 1400 tested

2016 Developed Temperature Stabilization method for FOG-DS

2002 – Present. Installed FOG-DS prototype at Montage Resort, Laguna Beach, CA. Updated more than 30 times and awarded four US patents

2003 – International Project Manager


Sailing and coastal navigation certified
Fluent in five languages
Is a loving husband and proud father of his daughter


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • The IAPMO Group
  • Design-Are Engineering Inc

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Born, raised and educated in Switzerland, I grew up in a world where conservatism was the strong and protective foundation of life and where within the traditional shield liberal opinions were encouraged and supported. Protection of our environment is the most important task to achieve. I like the Democrats views on protecting the environment and I am in favor of being kind and helpful to people in need but carefully guard this kindness against abuse. I believe if you work for something you are entitled to it and should come before the ones who did not work for it. I believe in responsible immigration because as an immigrant myself I can say that they're the life blood of America.

I am a very strong advocate of space flight as I see it as the only humane solution to our growing overpopulation. We need to start creating the technology, including a brand-new source of power, that pushes our pioneering spirit forward and helps us one day to colonize space.

I believe in our military, but I also think America is involved in far too much waring. We must have free trade. I believe in access to affordable education, so we can challenge our brightest because they are the ones that will change the future. Education is the most important investment into society and should not be a business. And yes, I refuse to be put into one of two boxes - I'm a free-thinking individual and proud of it and glad I live in a country that allows me that freedom.

Please share this site to help others research their voting choices.