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 Expert  721800

Expert in Municipal Water/Wastewater Systems, Pumping, Conveyance, Control Systems, and SCADA

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
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Expert has provided planning studies, design, and troubleshooting for water wells, well pumps, well water treatment and disinfection and for water pumping and distribution systems over a period of 11-1/2 years with a water utility company and also during approximately nine years of consulting engineering experience. He managed the condition assessment for the two Chicago water treatment plants and coordinated the preparation of the final report. Expert assisted with the condition assessment of the 12 Chicago water pumping stations and prepared the report of findings. He was a principle author of the facility plan update for the 12 pumping stations.

He was manager of engineering and as manager of operations for an investor-owned water and wastewater utility company for approximately 11-1/2 years. His experience in this regard is more fully explained under Wastewater .

Some of expert's trouble-shooting accomplishments include testing well pumps to determine well and well pump condition in order to schedule well and/or pump servicing, discolored water and iron bacteria control, use of zinc collars at pipe joints in deep well pumps to reduce column pipe corrosion, use of all-bronze pump turbines in corrosive conditions, and modernization of chlorine application systems at wells. While in municipal employment he designed and operated a pilot plant to recover magnesium carbonate from water softening sludge.


drinking water


drinking water distribution system maintenance


municipal water






water consumption




water system


wastewater collection equipment

Expert has designed pumping facilities, preliminary screening, screenings handling, grit removal, grit washing, settling tanks and sludge collection mechanisms, activated sludge thickening (belt filter), storage facilities for dewatered sludge, and disinfection systems (chlorine and ultraviolet), as well as control systems for all such equipment. He has experience with selection and design of pumps, including horizontal split case, end suction, submersible, hazardous location equipment, chemical metering pumps, mixed flow pumps, and axial flow pumps, as well as with pump controls. In his 11-1/2 years with the utility company, he was responsible for conversion of numerous sewage pumping stations from two pit wetwell/drywell design to single pit stations using submersible pumps.

Expert has extensive experience with control of inflow/infiltration (I/I) in separate sanitary sewer systems. While with the utility company he was responsible for managing I/I studies performed by outside consultants, and then for three in-house I/I studies. He was responsible for plans and specifications for sewer rehabilitation work and follow up flow monitoring to verify that I/I reduction goals were achieved. He managed an in-house program for disconnection of illegal sewer connections on private property. His company was a leader in the Chicago metropolitan area and he worked with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District officials to assist in formulating their plans for I/I control of connected municipal sewer systems. He has had experience in design of sanitary sewers using a variety of plastic, concrete, and ductile iron pipe.

Expert has provided technical consulting services to law firms in civil suits concerning operation and maintenace of municipal water and wastewater systems, and professional liability matters. He has provided technical consulting services to law firms in civil suits concerning operation and maintenance of municipal water and wastewater systems, and professional liability matters. Work experience includes review and analysis of documents, case strategy, and testimony.


wastewater pumping equipment


centrifugal pump


centrifugal pump application


conventional water pumping


sewer system infiltration




wastewater system


municipal wastewater treatment facility design


sanitary sewer system


separate sewer system


sewer pipeline rehabilitation


sewer system


underground pipe

Expert has provided expert witness services in twelve suits from 2004 to date. Tasks have included review of records and prior testimony, reports, and depositions.

professional malpractice


professional liability


legal litigation support


expert witness


Expert has been on licensed plant operator in two states. He is familiar with operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting process and equipment problems in water and wastewater systems. Expert has applied this experience in selecting and installation techniques for water and sewer piping, hydraulics analysis for pumping applications, designed modifications and supervised construction of pumping station modifications. Expert has designed wastewater treatment works including: Influent pumping, screening, grit removal, primary setting, aeration basins, sludge digestion and sludge composting. Expert has successfully developed computer system architecture to coordinate and monitor various plant processes, and to coordinate the operation of wells, storage tanks and booster station operation for water systems. Expert currently provides expert witnesses concerning water and wastewater issues.

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Rockford, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Peoria, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Elgin, Illinois;  South Bend, Indiana;  Gary, Indiana;  and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Water Treatment
Sanitary Engineering, Water, Wastewater, Sewage, Septic...
Water Hammer, Fluid Transients, Cavitation, Valves
Wastewater Treatment

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1965   Bachelor of Civil Engineering   Civil Engineering   Marquette University  
1972   Master of Public Administration   Municipal Government   University of Dayton  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2000 to







Expert is currently available to accept consulting tasks, as negotiated. Projects include technical support for attorneys and testimony involving water and sewer system failures, and professional liability.

1993 to 2000


McDonough Associates, Inc.




Project Manager


His responsibilities included wastewater treatment plant and pumping station planning studies and design, potable water pumping station design, hydraulic network analysis of water distribution systems, condition assessments of water treatment and pumping facilities, design of water mains and sewers, design of architecture for instrumentation and SCADA systems to support plant and pumping station design, and report preparation.

1992 to 1993


RJN Environmental


Civil Engineering


Project Manager


HIs responsibilities included design of municipal infrastructure management software and sewer system evaluation studies.

1989 to 1992


Greeley and Hansen Engineers


Civil Engineering


Project Manager


His responsibilities included design of wastewater treatment and pumping facilities, and preliminary studies of wastewater treatment alternatives.

1978 to 1989


Citizens Utilities Co. of Illinois




Manager of Engineering


Expert's responsibilities included design of SCADA system architecture, design of system-wide manual data collection system, design of pumping station remodeling, trouble shooting all major equipment failures, and review of plans for water main and sewer extensions.

1977 to 1978


Citizens Utilities Co. of Illinois




Manager of Operations


He was responsible for day-to-day operations of 12 water systems and 11 wastewater systems.

1972 to 1977


Monroe County, Michigan


Drain Commissioner


Chief Engineer


Expert's responsibilities included managing federal grants for water and wastewater systems improvements, and managing operations of one water system and three wastewater systems.

1971 to 1972


City of Lima, Ohio






His responsibilities included operation of municipal water and wastewater systems, and management of federal grant process for construction of major wastewater system improvements.

Career Accomplishments:

American Society of Civil Engineers. Americn Water Works Association Water Environment Federation


He is a Professional Engineer in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. He has been a licensed wastewater plant operator in Ohio and Michigan.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has authored and co-authored several articles published by AWWA and WEF, as well as other sources.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - WEF Residuals Conference  
 - Water Engineering and Management  
 - Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers  
 - Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, February  
 - Annual Conference of the Michigan Water Pollution Control Association  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1995 to 2000   City of Chicago   Various   Expert managed a condition assessment of the two water treatment plants, prepared the report for the condition assessment of 12 water pumping stations, managed an hydraulic network analysis of the water distribution system and report of findings, and was a principal author of a facility plan update for the pumping stations.
1993 to 1994   City of Portage, IN   Project Manager   He was responsible for designing conversion of a 3.5 MGD wastewater treatment plant to 15 MGD, which included storm water treatment. He provided process design, layout, and specifications for process equipment. He coordinated the various engineering disciplines required for this project. He conducted on-site design review meetings with the client.

This project required a relatively sophisticated instrumentation system because plant operators were not expected to respond to the rapidly changing conditions for which the system was designed.

1997 to 1998   City of Crown Point, IN   Project Manager   Expert developed the master plan for changing water supply from wells to a Lake Michigan source, provided design of pumping station and reservoir, and coordinated design with client and with state agencies.
1999 to 1999   Village of New Lenox, IL   Project Manager   When the village was in danger of losing state funds to assist with construction of improvements to bring Lake Michigan water to the village, his firm was asked to provide coordination between the consulting engineers, the village, the Chicago Water Department, the Chicago mayor's office, and state offices. Expert was assigned to manage this task. The village received the funding it sought.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Detroit, MI – Provided document review, report, and testimony concerning failure of a sewage pumping station at Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and subsequent customer flooding.
  • Provided review of documents, analysis of engineer's plans, and testified to adequacy of engineering plans.
  • Petersburg, IL – Assisted legal counsel with document review and case preparation.
  • Pima County, AZ -- Assisted legal counsel for an insurance company in determining cause of and responsibility for damage at a wastewater treatment facility flooded during construction.
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL – Participated in development of planning tools for protection of US water systems from terrorist attack.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Corrosion expert, Imlay City, MI for consulting on Clarifier Drive at WWTP.
  • Expert in Hydraulic Services to assist with reviewing plans for a hydraulic pumping system.
  • Scada design expert for consulting on scada of emergency water well for a municipality.
  • Expert in surveying for consulting on locating a broken water pipe line underground.
  • Reliability expert for consulting on consumer product life expectancy.
  • Expert in High Solids Membrane Filtration.
  • Expert for consulting on Confidential audit of a micro membrane water treatment plant.
  • Scada expert for consulting on PLC / SCADA platform programming and communication technical skills.
  • Sludge handling expert for consulting on engineering services for treatment and disposal system.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
2004 – 2005 Constantine, Michigan Analysis of pumping station failure and suit against design engineer. 2005 -- 2006 Wauchula, Florida - A sewer back up and extensive damage at a school 2006 Scottsdale, Arizona – Contractor's work resulted in two separate sanitary sewer backups. The insurance carrier decided not to honor claims for damages due to the second backup. The contractor sued. 2007 – 2008 The engineer designed a wastewater treatment. During an unmanned period of operation, a process tank overflowed, causing extensive damage. The owner sued the engineer. 2008 – 2009 Petersburg, Illinois - The bids for construction of a new treatment plant exceeded the budget by more than 100%. The village sued the original engineer for the cost of the redesign. 2010 – 2011 Elgin, Illinois – Developer hired an engineer to design the infrastructure for a subdivision and hired a contractor to construct it. When portions of the sewer system failed, the contractor rebuilt it and then claimed faulty design. 2010 Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan –The Farm's Kerby Road Pumping Station, constructed in 1929 failed on two occasions in 2011 and caused backups2012 West Bloomfield, Michigan – Sewer back-up. Counsel dropped the project. 2013 Indianapolis, Indiana – Vandals reset unsecured valves on flood control facilities. Flooding and property damage resulted 2014 Detroit, Michigan – The Fifteen Mile Road Interceptor, conveying Macomb County wastewater to Detroit treatment facilities collapsed. Repair costs were fraudulently inflated. The County now seeks return of fraudulent overcharges. 2014 Hillsboro, Ohio – The engineer hired for design caused the contractor to fail. The contractor successfully sued the city for damages. The city has filed suit against the engineer to recover its losses. 2014 Chicago Region – Expert has been deposed in a suit that is subject to a non-disclosure order. The case is expected to go to trial within the next year. 2015 Town of Columbus, Montana – A sewer blockage resulted in major damage to a residence. The town refused to reimburse the plaintiff.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Municipal Sewer Line Maintenance in Montana.
  • Expert for consulting on municipal waste water system construction practices for litigation.
  • Expert for consulting on design of improvements to wastewater treatment plant.
  • Expert for consulting on Best practices for handling a municipal water leak.
  • Expert witnesses in municipal septic systems for consulting on sewer back up into homes.
  • Sewer pump station expert for consulting on sewer pump house electrical - failure to have redundant systems.
  • Municipal wastewater system expert for consulting on negligently maintained wastewater system resulting in blockage causing sewage back-up.
  • Underground sewer pipe expert witness illinois for consulting on expert witness for Sanitary Sewer Design Case.
  • Expert in construction estimation for consulting on a breach of contract case.
  • Expert on wastewater process for consulting on wastewater process/plant design.
  • Municipal sewer systems expert witness for consulting on the presence of raw sewage, fungi, and bacteria in a residential / business sewer backup.
  • Expert in sewer system for consulting on system backup and overflow.
  • Chicago sewer design expert for consulting on building sewer design.
  • Expert in Operation and Maintenance of Municipal Combined Sewer System.
  • Hydralic device expert for consulting on sewer cleaning, vactor truck.
  • Wastewater pump expert for consulting on combined sewer overflow capture shaft litigation.
  • Intota expert services for consulting on Lawsuit vs Merrillville Conservancy District re sanitary sewer backup.
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  • Expert on water main construction and shut-down of water main for a municipal water company.
  • Sanitary sewer collection system expert for consulting on on cleaning of sewer lift station pumps.
  • Municipal water systems expert for consulting on municipal water supply lawsuit.
  • Sewer construction expert in Chicago for consulting on manhole construction.
  • Wastewater treatment expert in Michigan for consulting on valve failure in waste water treatment facility.
  • Expert in waste water treatment for consulting on sewage backup event.
  • Expert witness in air quality and wastewater treatment for consulting on proper construction and operation of a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Expert in municipal utility facilities for consulting on collapsed sewer.
  • Expert for consulting on septic system instalation, repairs and leaks.
  • Utility sewer expert witness for consulting on sewer maintenance.
  • Expert in septic systems for consulting on leaking gases from tank.
  • Expert in city ordinances for consulting on Chicago sanitary system pipes.
  • Expert in wastewater treatment plant for consulting on negligent to maintain pump (lift) stations resulting in sanitary sewer backflow into scattered residences during heavy rain.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has attended numerous university-sponsored seminars, and equipment manufacturer seminars concerning process design and operation.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

As part of all process designs, Expert has evaluated the quality of equipment required for each specific application, conducted surveys of equipment determine user satisfaction, worked with vendors to develop suitable specifications, and excluded undesirable equipment through preparation of detailed specifications.

Other Skills and Services

He has been a volunteer academic tutor at local GED classes in Marion, Illinois, at the Murphysboro, Illinois bootcamp (Illinois Youth Commission), and at the Marion, Illinois high school.

Expert served three terms as president of the board of LifeSavers Training Corporation, a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization. LifeSavers is a peer-support suicide and crisis-prevention program designed to help teenagers cope healthfully with the challenges of drugs and alcohol, peer and family relationships, sexual issues, academic problems, aggression, anxiety and suicide. Expert is a member of the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance, a board advisory to the Illinois Department of Public Health.


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