Dennae Caquelin, wastewater system manager for the City of Parkville, Mo., has been selected as Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference\'s Northwest Missouri Wastewater Operator of the Year.

Caquelin was selected by a committee of past award winners to represent the organization\'s Northwest subdivision during a section meeting last week in St. Joseph, Mo. She was nominated by Alliance Water Resources Vice President and Director of Operations Richard Tuttle. The City of Parkville contracts with the company to operate and maintain the city\'s wastewater treatment, collection and biosolids management functions.

The award selection committee considers the type of plant under operation, demonstration of operational control, system maintenance and repair, budgeting, housekeeping, problem solving, years of service and employee supervisory skills in selecting a winner.

Caquelin has served as system manager for the city for three years. During her tenure at Parkville, At one point she literally slept at the plant to ensure proper operation.

In addition to her award win, Caquelin also presented the program “Low Pressure Sewer Systems, Lessons Learned” at the conference.

Headquartered in Columbia, Mo., Alliance Water Resources is a leading provider of professional operations and maintenance services for community water and wastewater systems in Middle America. The company prides itself in its unique understanding of the needs of communities in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas.