• DeKalb
    DeKalb, Illinois
  • Tuesday 08:02 PM
    21st of January, 2020
    - or - 815.758.3513

    KWRD Phase 1B Improvements - Current Project Information

    The District's $46.35m project is currently under construction.

    Details of the ongoing project can be viewed by clicking below.

    Phase 1B

    Dreading Thanksgiving Cleanup - Bring In Your Used Cooking Oil Here

    Free: Bring in your Turkey Frying Grease to our Drop-off Box located in our front lot for your convenience.

    Click for Drop-off Information

    Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators:

    Operations Staff Duties

    The operators on duty must:

    • Monitor the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system that feeds data from plant and lift station activity to the Plant Control Room.
    • Physically walk the plant site to inspect equipment.
    • Receive calls from police, City of DeKalb staff, and residents about problems in the collection system that need attention.
    • Monitor collection of samples of influent (water coming into the plant) and effluent (water leaving the plant) for laboratory testing to assess treatment efficiency.

    The cell phone for the after-hours operator is 815 762-1933. The City of DeKalb Police Department Dispatcher (815 748-8400) also has a list of contact numbers.

    Operations Manager
    • Steve Olsen………..at KWRD since 1980
    Plant Operators and Collection System Personnel
    • Greg Cherry………..at KWRD since 1988
    • David Sieglinger…..at KWRD since 1999
    • Steve Hiatt………….at KWRD since 2001
    • Dan Knaak………….at KWRD since 2003
    • Chris Stika………….at KWRD since 2005
    • James Cochrane…at KWRD since 2009
    • Ben Meier…………..at KWRD since 2009
    • John Engstrom……at KWRD since 2010
    • Grant Olsen………..at KWRD since 2015
    Laboratory Personnel
    • Allison Yates……….at KWRD since 2004
    Operator Certification for Public Safety

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says: “Wastewater treatment systems protect public health and the environment only if they are being properly operated and maintained. The Wastewater Operator Certification Program is intended to protect public health, environmental quality, and the financial investment of wastewater facilities….Applicants for certification must meet specific experience, education, and examination requirements in order to qualify for certification.”

    All Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District operations personnel have or are working towards Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. There are four levels of certification in all, each requiring different levels of knowledge, experience and expertise.



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