John Kiviniemi began work on May 1st as OWASA’s Wastewater Treatment and Biosolids Recycling Manager. Mr. Kiviniemi has 24 years of experience in the water resources field.  

Before joining OWASA, he worked for 10 years with the City of Raleigh, starting as a Laboratory Technician and advancing to Wastewater Treatment Superintendent; and for 14 years as the Director for Water Reclamation with the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Buncombe County, where he managed the wastewater treatment facility with a capacity of 40 million gallons per day, 32 pump stations, a hydro-electric plant and a staff of 40 employees. 

Mr. Kiviniemi has a bachelor’s degree from NC State University and the highest level of State certifications in wastewater treatment plant operation and land application of biosolids. (“Biosolids” are solids from wastewater which have been treated so they can be recycled on farmland to help grow crops, or used in a composting process to make a soil additive used in landscaping.)

He recently served as Chair of the NC chapter of the American Waterworks Association/Water Environment Federation, and as President of the NC Water Quality Association.

John W. Greene Jr., P.E., OWASA’s General Manager of Operations, said “John comes to us highly recommended and we are delighted that he is part of the OWASA Team. He will serve a key role in our work to protect the environment and use natural resources wisely through our wastewater treatment and biosolids recycling processes.”

For more information:

John Kiviniemi, Wastewater Treatment and Biosolids Recycling Manager, 919-537-4352 or