Tuesday 1:00 PM
Operator Precon 
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Room: Emerald

Selecting the Correct Chemical for the Right Treatment Application

This program will discuss the process of selecting the correct chemical for the treatment application. We will look at the perspectives of an engineer, an operator, and a supplier as we examine the process in determining the correct chemical use for the application. We will use examples to illustrate the thinking that goes into the evaluation of choosing the correct chemical.



Geza Ehrentreu - Viking Chemical Company

Geza is currently the Vice President of Operations and the Vice President of Water Resources for Viking Chemical Company located in Rockford, IL. He has been in the chemical distribution business in Illinois for 36 years. As part of his operations role, he coordinate the chemical safety training for the Viking Chemical staff and has provided safety training to Viking Chemical customers, both municipal and industrial for the same time frame. He serves as a member of Viking's Chlorine Response team and is a Hazwoper trained responder as well as a trainer.


Jack Kusek - McClure Engineering Associates

John Kusek lives in Spring Valley and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bradley University.  He has worked in the engineering field for 35 years, the past 24 years with McClure Engineering.  Municipal engineering consumes much of his duties, with a focus in water and waste water treatment in central Illinois and eastern Iowa.

 Ron Erickson

Ron Erickson is the Chief Water Plant Operator for the Village of Park Forest with over 35 years experience in the water works field. He is responsible for the supervision of a 5 MGD lime-soda ash treatment plant which includes aeration, softening, recarbination, filtration, chemical feed, and on site sodium hypochlorite generation. Ron has a Class A Water Operators License, is a member of ISAWWA, AWWA, APWA, and served as president of the South Suburban Water Works Association. He has chaired the Section’s Membership Committee, has been the recipient of the Diamond Pin Award, Top Recruiter Award, and hosted the 2008 Visitation Day.   He has also been a course instructor, at The University of Wisconsin, College of Engineering, and Joliet Junior College.