Practical Applications, Inc.

Practical Applications is a world-leader in pH Neutralization, Biological Decontamination, Graywater, High-Purity Water systems. Industrial wastewater treatment systems involve complex parts and regulations. That’s why industry leaders depend on PAI for all their industrial wastewater needs. PAI delivers high performance MWRA industrial wastewater predictive maintenance programs to get your facility into MWRA compliance and keep it there.

Company details

12 Channel St., Suite 702, , Boston , Massachusetts 02210 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Engineering service provider
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater - Water Treatment
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:


Gary Broberg was first hired as a co-op by the Pollution Control Department at Honeywell’s Printed Circuit Board Facility in Brighton, MA. At Honeywell, his team was responsible for making all the high purity water for production and for treating all the wastewater from the various plating lines and manufacturing steps.

At the time the MWRA came into existence, around 1985, Honeywell was required to meet the new sewer discharge regulations. Honeywell made the huge monetary commitment and hired Tetra-Tech, headquartered in Florida, to design and build a state-of-the art treatment facility. At the time, this facility included the first computer-controlled process.

Working at Honeywell allowed Gary to exercise his engineering knowledge in conjunction with his mechanical/electrical interests. Gary passed his Massachusetts Grade 2 Industrial Wastewater Operator’s License Exam and after completing his second co-op term he passed the Grade 4 license.

During his cooperative experience, Gary saw many places where improvements could be made. He noticed the poor transition of science to its application in treatment facilities. Gary witnessed first-hand ineffective practices such as the location of a valve under a staircase, almost inaccessible, which needed to be opened/closed daily. The equipment needed to be completely disassembled for monthly maintenance, and the choice of materials for an application was inadequate.

Upon graduation Gary continued to see these same issues practiced in the other companies where he worked. Since water/wastewater engineers typically don’t have enough first-hand experience to design systems that are easy to operate or understand the details (materials of construction) that the trade needs for successful long-term system operation, Gary’s experiences gave him an expertise not held by other engineers. When constructing a system, the last person to have any input is the operator, like Gary, who often has a wealth of knowledge regarding best practices.

Gary started the company from his Boston apartment in 1993. The company name, Practical Applications Inc. was a direct result of Gary’s experiences in the field. He wanted to create a team that could deliver water and wastewater science that was applied practically and designed individually for each company’s specific needs. Gary saw an area of need in the field and filled that need with real-world skills combined with a proven scientific knowledge.

Today PAI is committed to delivering advances in water science that are applied practically such that our customers enjoy both an innovative solution that is also economical to operate.

Gary: Gary has spent his career in industrial water treatment, wastewater treatment, and regulatory compliance. He has performed engineering services and provided wastewater system designs for industries, businesses, and institutions dealing with high purity water treatment, FDA compliance, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System compliance, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority discharge compliance, local town discharge compliance, waste management and minimization, hazardous chemicals/waste regulatory compliance, chemical use and exposure assessment. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, and Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association, and is the current chairman of the Wastewater Operators of Massachusetts.

Belinda: Belinda has five years of experience in wastewater treatment, analytical laboratory analysis, environmental regulatory compliance, and water and wastewater system compliance and maintenance. She is responsible for overseeing all compliance aspects for customers, including permitting, sampling, and reporting. An active member of ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers) and AFE ( Association for Facilities Engineering), Belinda also holds a B.A. from the University of New Mexico, as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Water Technology. She maintains a Massachusetts Grade 6C Industrial Wastewater Operators License.

Jaryn: As our Assistant Controller and Office Manager, Jaryn brings 9+ years of experience in accounting experience, including payroll, A/P, A/R, and tax filings. In addition to her accounting responsibilities, as our office manager she oversees employee and customer relations. Prior to PAI, Jaryn ran Just Claying Around, managing all aspects of the small business, including all operations, accounting, and marketing/advertising. She also managed 12+ employees as office manager for Eco Recycling Systems, Inc. Jaryn holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is also a registered Notary Public in the state of Masssachusetts.