Operations & Maintenance

Staff & Responsibilities

Currently, there are six treatment plant operators and five maintenance technicians. Both serve the purpose of operating, monitoring, and maintaining the water reclamation treatment plant and the 22 lift stations throughout Valparaiso.

New hires are required to maintain or have the ability to achieve operator certifications from the State of Indiana. Certifications show competency in maintaining and operating a treatment facility. There are four different levels of certification depending on the size of the facility. Valparaiso's treatment plant is considered a major facility according to plant flow and requires a Class IV operator in charge.

Maintenance Technicians

Just like operations, maintenance technicians for wastewater treatment purposes is a very specialized area due to the different types of process equipment involved. Mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and some wastewater knowledge is necessary for efficient and successful performance by an employee.

The facility is working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is a plant operator on shift at all times and a maintenance technician on call during off-shift hours. Utility management has continuous communication with all parties during off-shift hours, especially during times of plant upset or mechanical breakdowns.

Cross Training

The utility has also made major strides in cross training its employees. Cross training of utility staff has allowed for a significant reduction in staff through attrition. Since 1998, the utility has eliminated eight positions, thus resulting in a cost savings to the City of Valparaiso. Individuals that have been cross-trained have the ability to perform almost all aspects of utility operations.