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Basics of Wastewater Treatment Operation & Design

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Monday, January 23, 2023, 3 pm

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Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar 

Tom Asmus, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Water Resource Division (WRD)


This presentation includes a brief history of wastewater treatment in United States including evolution of regulatory requirements.  This will be followed up by a description of the unit processes that make up a treatment system by design and operation.  It will also discuss some of the current issues facing the industry and importance of operational input into/during design.  I’ll also take some time to describe what my job role consists of. 

Speaker Bio:  

2023 represents my 30th year in the water quality/wastewater treatment industry.  I have worked in and/or supervised numerous municipal and industrial WWTPs in the mid-west and spent about 9 years working for a wastewater design firm in Wisconsin with roles in startup, design, and troubleshooting.  I graduated from NMU with specialized training in wastewater treatment technology and possess a Michigan A Operators License.  I am an EGLE compliance manager for about half of the upper peninsula.  A part of the current role that I occupy with EGLE is newly created and is a Statewide Wastewater Operations Specialist with the intent of improving the Water Resource Division NPDES program to be more proactive rather than reactive in its regulatory role with wastewater treatment plants. 

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