About Us


At Water Harvesting Solutions (Wahaso), we are a team that brings experience, skill and passion about water conservation to every client project. We incorporate a holistic approach in designing and building systems – we try to integrate multiple sources of renewable water along with multiple uses of treated water to maximize total water savings.

It is our core competencies in system design, filtration, control systems, our experience – and our focus on only the commercial and institutional building market — that set us aside from other rainwater or greywater systems suppliers. And to ensure that we can deliver a full service solution to our clients, we have developed a team of seasoned experts in scoping, engineering, fabricating and delivering best-in-class water harvesting solutions.

As members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), we understand the broader goals and concerns of clients interested in achieving LEED certification for their building, and we can actively support the design and documentation of a water harvesting approach to maximize LEED points in this area. Wahaso has provided learning sessions on water harvesting at many USGBC events and conferences.

  • John R. Bauer


    John R. Bauer (President) has spent his 35-year career as a marketer and sales executive, so he understands the importance of customer service and customer satisfaction. John is comfortable in the technology world and is passionate about environmental issues. Since 2008, he and his team have helped scope and conceptualize water reuse systems for over 1200 projects in the U.S. and Canada. He is a Duke University Alumnus with an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

  • Stuart L. Bailin

    Director of Engineering

    Stuart L. Bailin (Director of Engineering) has over 30 years of experience with the pumps, valves, tanks, instrumentation, controls and process designs used in water harvesting systems. He enjoys using his system design and CAD skills to create custom solutions for challenging client requirements. It is the close tie between client needs, process design and system build & install that ensure a project will work as specified. Clients may recognize Stuart from Fluid Designs, Inc. a fluid systems company he founded in 2004. A native of Appleton, WI, BS and a University of Wisconsin – Madison alumnus, he and his family currently live in the Chicago area.

  • Don Barclay

    Director of Operations

    Don Barclay (Director of Operations) has helped design and build water treatment equipment and systems for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked for Culligan, Waterlink (Parkson), Rainsoft, and Ellis Corporation. Don is eager to address new challenges and provide the best solution for any special requirements the customer may have. He has been involved in all aspects of water system operations including initial application work, site analysis, contractor coordination, installation, testing, commissioning, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair. He has experience with ASME, seismic and regulatory requirements, and Solidworks and AutoCAD design software. Don has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and resides in the Chicago area with his family.

  • Kim Seay

    Director of Client Services

    Kim Seay (Director of Client Services) has over 25 years of marketing and project management experience and believes strongly in building solid client relationships. She understands that the basis of good customer service is listening to the client in order to determine the best solutions to fit their needs. Kim holds a BA in Journalism from Indiana University and her passion for sustainability led her to pursue an MS in Environmental Management from the University of Denver. Her Capstone paper was written on her research of greywater policy and presented at the WaterSmart Innovations conference in October, 2012. Originally from Colorado, Kim currently resides in the Chicago area.

  • Ben Miller

    Electrical Engineer

    Ben Miller (Electrical Engineer) is the President of B. Miller Engineering, specializing in industrial control and power system design and troubleshooting. (www.bmillerengineering.com). He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, a member of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Miller is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and serves on the Illinois Professional Engineers Board.

  • Ryan Schuster

    Manager of Field Services

    Ryan Schuster (Manager of Field Services) handles the last critical step in our process to design and build water reuse systems. Ryan meets with contractors and service companies on-site to ensure that Wahaso’s systems are installed and functioning properly, and provides training to customers on operating and maintaining our systems. He has supported field work for Wahaso for over two years after working with industrial electric, HVAC, and plumbing at Solo Laboratories as a member of their building maintenance staff. Previous to that, he spent 10 years working in the construction industry, gaining experience in the areas of commercial plumbing carpentry and electric. He attended Harper College in Palatine, IL, where he studied Fire Science Technology and building automation for fire alarm systems. He lives in Volo IL with his fiancée and two children.