The City of Marshall owns and operates the Robert J. Swalwell Wastewater Treatment Facility at 801 Industrial Road. The plant was renamed in 1997 in honor of Bob Swalwell upon his retirement after 43 years of service to the City. The facility currently treats about 1.5 million gallons of wastewater every day. The wastewater originates from domestic and industrial sources within the system's service area, which includes the City of Marshall and some outlying areas, such as Lyon Lake. The plant is in continuous operation and the effluent must meet the requirements of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The five-member staff at the facility includes a superintendent and four operators. The staff conducts daily analysis and ongoing operational evaluation to ensure continuing adherence to these permit standards. Along with the above duties, staff is responsible for the operation and maintenance of fourteen lift stations located throughout the community.
EGLE issues wastewater licenses (Class A, B, C, & D) to properly trained and tested individuals. As a Class B wastewater treatment facility, at least one operator on staff must hold a Class B or higher wastewater license. The City encourages all operators to obtain licensing from EGLE.
Alec Egnatuk - Wastewater Superintendent
Chad Hazel - Operator II-C
Ken Finney - Operator I-C
Eric Weberling - Operator I-D
Stefani Hoffman - Operator I-C
The goal of the City of Marshall Wastewater Department is to protect public health and the natural resources of the State of Michigan by providing professional, accountable, and fiscally responsible operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection System in accordance with applicable State of Michigan (EGLE) requirements and permits.