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Conservation Stewardship Program Informational Meeting Set for Dec. 12th

A Conservation Stewardship Program Informational Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12th at Beaver Water District. See the flyer below for more information.

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Request a Beaver Lake Watershed Map Today; Educate Yourself!

watershed-map-photosRequest a Beaver Lake Watershed Map today! There’s no fee for the map. Just email your name and mailing address to education@bwdh2o.org. The map, designed by Dot Neely, Education Coordinator for Beaver Water District (BWD), focuses on this important watershed “that supplies water to Beaver Lake — the drinking water source for over 400,000 people in Northwest Arkansas.”

The Beaver Lake Watershed Map includes information about Beaver Lake, its tributaries, how the lake was constructed, the management of the lake, how to care for the lake and the watershed (best management practices), and information about organizations that work to preserve and protect the lake. Do you want to know about macroinvertebrates and other lifeforms that are indicators of water quality? Are you curious to know how many miles of shoreline make up Beaver Lake? All those questions and more are answered with this one map. It’s incredible!

BWD, formed under Act 114 of 1957, is the oldest regional water district in the state of Arkansas. BWD takes water from Beaver Lake, then cleans and treats it to make it safe for drinking and other uses. The cities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville distribute the clean water to their customers.

One in seven Arkansans depend on this lake for water supply needs. When the water in the lake is of good quality, then it costs less to make it suitable for drinking. The quality of the water depends on what happens in the watershed. It’s good to maintain the watershed and the lake to ensure good water quality, to make sure that wildlife has a good home, to encourage robust plant and marine life is maintained, and to maintain a beautiful lake for years and years to come.

In addition to creating and distributing high quality educational materials, such as this map, BWD provides tours of the Water Education Center and the drinking water utility for the public, as well as hands-on education. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org and schedule a tour or request education materials today.

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Bill HagenBurger of Rogers Leads Successful Three-State Water Conference

Bill HagenBurger-Beaver Water District Plant EngineerWater industry professionals from Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma attended the 104th Annual Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) Conference held Oct. 23-25, 2016, at the Embassy Suites and John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Ark. Bill HagenBurger of Rogers, Chair of the 2016 SWAWWA and Plant Engineer for Beaver Water District (BWD), planned and presided over the event, which included a trade show, numerous technical sessions, a water taste contest, a “Top Ops” competition, as well as a tour BWD’s facilities, where water from Beaver Lake is filtered and made clean for drinking, then sold to more than 300,000 people and industries through BWD’s four wholesale customers – Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. SWAWWA has a membership of 1,000-plus individuals and utilities. For more information, visit www.swawwa.org and www.bwdh2o.org.

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Foraker Elected, Watkins Re-Elected to BWD’s Board of Directors; FY 2016 “Record” Water Sales Year

bwd_board-2013_0001The Beaver Water District Board of Directors, joined by Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO, (front row, far left) includes (back, from left) Cathy Foraker, Woody Bassett, Mary Gardner, David Short, and (front, 2nd from left) Bill Watkins and Chris Weiser.

On Nov. 8, voters elected Cathy Foraker of Fayetteville (Washington County) and re-elected Bill Watkins of Rogers (Benton County), both to six-year terms on the Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors. Their terms will end in 2022. Foraker first began her service to the board in 2011, when she was appointed to fill an unexpired term. Watkins began his first term on Jan. 1, 2004. BWD formed under Arkansas Act 114 of 1957. It is the oldest regional water district in the state of Arkansas. BWD is governed by a six-member elected board of directors, with three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. Board members serve six-year terms, staggered by two years in each county. The board meets monthly, on the third Thursday. For more information, visit bwdh2o.org.

In other news, BWD sold more water during its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, than in any previous year in its history. Monthly water sales set records for the six months of October through March. These are the months that tend not to be impacted by weather with respect to water usage. BWD did not have record water sales for the months of April through September, when weather is a factor.

“For the FY16 year to see total record water sales (17.6 billion gallons or 48 million gallons per day on average), while experiencing a ‘normal’ summer is indicative of the residential and commercial growth of the region,” said Larry Lloyd, BWD’s Chief Operating Officer.

BWD supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas in Northwest Arkansas. BWD’s mission is to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards.

 

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Board Meeting — November 17, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Recommendation — Agreement for Electrical Service — Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation
4. Presentation — Arc Flash Study Results
5. Presentation — BWD and UA Joint Research Projects
6. Other Business
* FY 2016 Audit
* Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 2 — Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Approval — Arkansas Surface Water Quality Standards for Beaver Lake

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Rogers HHS Holds Nov. 16 Hydration Ceremony

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new-frosted-bottle-its-easy-just-turn-the-handleRogers Heritage High School Hydration Station Ceremony will be held in HHS AUDITORIUM at 10:15 AM on Wednesday, November 16, at 1114 S 5th St, Rogers, AR 72756. Please join us to celebrate our students as they helped fundraise the monies to improve their own School. We also will be thanking other partners who made these new stations possible, including Beaver Water District, Kendrick Fincher Foundation, Walmart, and Sam’s Club.  These stations will encourage students to hydrate with healthy, fresh, clean drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, made safe to drink by Beaver Water District, and delivered to our school by Rogers Water Utilities. These new stations also will reduce plastic bottle waste. For more information, contact Wayne Levering of Heritage High School (479) 790-7220 with any questions.

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Beaver Lake “Secchi Day” Data Reveal Water Quality Has Not Degraded; Concerned People are Helping to Maintain Water Quality

LOWELL, AR — For the past 11 years, hundreds of citizen scientists and others have collected water quality data on Beaver Lake near Rogers in Northwest Arkansas during the annual Secchi Day event, typically held on the third Saturday each August. The big question on everyone’s minds is whether there are any trends that can be identified, now that there’s over a decade of data to consider. To put it simply, how is the water quality in Beaver Lake doing?

Dr. Bob Morgan, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District (BWD), shared data and comments about Secchi Day with BWD Board members during their regularly scheduled meeting held at noon on Oct. 27. Data from this year’s event, held on Aug. 20, was included in that presentation.

“We have enough data after 11 years that we can identify some apparent trends,” Morgan said. “For example, the lake is getting clearer in the uppermost end and the mid-lake area, and the down-lake area is slightly cloudier. However, statistical analysis of these data gives little confidence that these apparent trends are real. Practically speaking, there is not a significant trend in late summer clarity over the 11 years of Secchi Day. That’s a good thing. That’s what we want to see because it implies that the educational programs and the management practices implemented by concerned people in the Beaver Lake watershed are helping to maintain water quality.

“With the changes taking place in Northwest Arkansas, and specifically expansion of the urban area into the Beaver Lake watershed, science tells us that we will experience more stress on our natural resources. Secchi Day is but one day out of 365 each year. Beaver Water District, the United States Geological Survey, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Water Resources Center collect data on Beaver and in its tributaries year-round. These data give us concern that the phosphorus load to Beaver is gradually increasing over time. To continue to enjoy the high quality water we currently have, we, the Northwest Arkansas community, will have to maintain and even increase our efforts over time.”

During Secchi Day, sampling teams take Secchi disk readings to determine water clarity, and collect water samples which are tested for chlorophyll a, total phosphorus, and nitrate, to determine algal density and nutrient concentration. Secchi depth is a measure of water transparency that involves lowering a black and white disk into the water and recording the maximum depth in which the black and white pattern can be distinguished from above the water’s surface.

To read this year’s detailed Secchi report, link to BWD’s website at bwdh2o.org. Next year’s event will be held on Aug. 19, 2017. Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is made possible by 12 partners including BWD, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Hobbs State Park, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, the Association for Beaver Lake Environment, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, and Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Secchi Day is one of the premiere water public awareness and education events in Arkansas.

About Beaver Water District

BWD’s board meets monthly on the third Thursday. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms and every two years, a position comes open in each county. The board oversees BWD, which cleans and purifies drinking water sold at the wholesale price of $1.31 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. The raw water is sourced from Beaver Lake, which one in seven Arkansans relies on lake for safe, clean drinking water. BWD’s mission is to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Beaver Water District “Top Ops” Team Headed to National Competition for Third Consecutive Year

img_9920edtr_bwd-top-ops-winsBeaver Water District (BWD) placed 1st in the Southwest Section-American Water Works Association (AWWA) Top Ops Challenge on Oct. 25 in Rogers, Arkansas. The team members are (from left) Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, BWD Plant Operator; Frank Blowers of Pea Ridge, BWD Maintenance Supervisor; and Nikki Holloway of Springdale, BWD Laboratory Analyst. Combined, they bring together more than 30 years of experience in the water field to the Top Ops competition. Earlier this year, the team placed 5th in the AWWA 2016 Top Ops Challenge in Chicago.

Now the team will compete for the third time in the AWWA Top Ops Challenge in Philadelphia during AWWA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition, which will be held June 11-14. This event gathers together more than 13,000 water professionals from around the world. Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry. The Top Ops Challenge is designed to promote excellence and professionalism and provide an opportunity for water professionals to showcase their talents in all aspects of water operations. Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. For more information, visit awwa.org.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas in Northwest Arkansas. The District’s mission is to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards. For information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Board Meeting — October 27, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Presentation — Secchi Day Report
4. Presentation — BWD Source Water Protection Program
5. Presentation — Beaver Watershed Alliance Report
6. Other Business

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Beaver Water District Honored with AMWA Platinum Award for Utility Excellence

Shown in the group photo receiving Beaver Water District’s 2016 Platinum Award for Utility Excellence from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies on Oct. 17, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona, are (from left) Bill Watkins, President, Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors; Larry Lloyd, BWD Chief Operating Officer; Alan Fortenberry, BWD Chief Executive Officer; Cathy Foraker, BWD Board Member; David Short, BWD Board Member; and Bill HagenBurger, BWD Plant Engineer.

 

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Scott Potter, AMWA President, presents the award to Alan Fortenberry, BWD CEO.

Drinking Water Utilities Honored For Management Excellence

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) honored 20 public drinking water systems with its top utility management awards on October 17 in ceremonies at its 2016 Executive Management Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Five systems received the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award, ten received the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence and five were presented the Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance.

The Sustainable Water Utility Management Award recognizes water utilities that have made a commitment to management that achieves a balance of innovative and successful efforts in areas of economic, social and environmental endeavors. The Platinum and Gold Awards recognize outstanding achievement in implementing the nationally recognized Attributes of Effective Utility Management.

The 2016 AMWA Sustainable Water Utility Management Award winners are:
• DC Water (District of Columbia)
• Louisville Water Company (Kentucky)
• San Diego County Water Authority (California)
• San Diego Public Utilities (California)
• Western Virginia Water Authority (Virginia)

Winners of the 2016 AMWA Platinum Award for Utility Excellence are:
Beaver Water District (Arkansas)
• Fort Wayne City Utilities (Indiana)
• Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (Kansas)
• KC Water (Missouri)
• City of Mesa Water Resources Department (Arizona)
• Phoenix Water Services Department (Arizona)
• City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (North Carolina)
• San Antonio Water System (Texas)
• Suffolk County Water Authority (New York)
• Tacoma Water (Washington)

AMWA’s 2016 Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance was presented to:
• Central Arizona Project
• Coachella Valley Water District (California)
• Montgomery County Environmental Services (Ohio)
• Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (Louisiana)
• City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (Virginia)

“AMWA awards spotlight the impressive advances and substantial achievements of public drinking water utilities that are leading the nation in their efforts toward sustainability through innovative management practices, executive leadership and employee engagement,” said AMWA President Scott Potter, Director of Nashville Metro Water Services. “Communities count on their drinking water systems for reliable and adequate supplies of clean, safe water, and those served by AMWA’s 2016 award winners can take pride in their outstanding accomplishments.”

Sustainable Water Utility Management Award Winners
DC Water has tripled its water main replacement program, supported by changing its water rate structure to create a dedicated $40 million annually. To fund large-scale environmental projects, the utility issued an innovative green century bond in 2014. Its $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project will significantly reduce the combined sewer overflows and a $470 million waste-to-energy project uses innovative technology to turn residuals from the wastewater treatment process into electricity and a beneficial soil amendment. DC Water’s research teams have provided insights into the effects of galvanized plumbing on lead leaching and leading to advancements in thermal hydrolysis.

Louisville Water Company adopted the Effective Utility Management performance benchmarking framework and also monitors more than 30 finance-related key performance indicators recommended by rating agencies and industry resources. It makes use of a 20-year facilities plan, a five-year capital improvement plan, and both five- and ten-year financial projections. Its asset management program is focused on transmission main assessments, lead service replacements, water main and fire hydrant rehabilitation and replacements, and water storage tank inspections and restoration. Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s assigned the utility’s water system revenue bonds their highest ratings, AAA and Aaa respectively.

San Diego County Water Authority’s sustainability mindset saves ratepayers money, reduces the environmental impacts of projects and operations, conserves energy and water, and helps the agency thrive in a changing climate. A central goal is ensuring that existing and planned facilities are built and operated to minimize effects on the environment and to mitigate any unavoidable impacts. In 2014, the Authority adopted its first Climate Action Plan and completed the San Vicente Dam Raise, a key element of the agency’s long-term strategy for providing sustainable water supplies in dry years. In 2015, the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant started delivering drought-proof water to San Diego County.

The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department (PUD) maintains numerous award-winning community outreach, education and conservation programs and is proud of its water rate assistance program for low-income residents. The utility has implemented energy and carbon management strategies, including resource recovery, to ensure optimal energy usage, storage and production levels. It is implementing a multi-year Pure Water San Diego Program that uses proven technology to clean recycled wastewater to produce sustainable, high-quality water. Its rate structures utilize industry-recognized rate-making practices to cover cost of services and maintain a balance between long term debt, asset values, O&M expenditures, and revenues and expenses.

Western Virginia Water Authority’s fiscal policy includes a rate structure that provides for reliable daily operations, continued infrastructure replacement and a healthy financial standing to allow it to fund long-term capital projects and reserve accounts. Long-term sustainability also includes protecting current water supplies, planning for future sources and identifying leaks that can lead to non-revenue water. Current water supplies are protected by best management practices and conservation easements while water infrastructure projects are nearing completion to connect to the Authority’s future source of water. Community outreach includes educational programs offered for all school-aged students, recreational opportunities and a close relationship with local economic development organizations.

Platinum Award for Utility Excellence Winners
Beaver Water District optimizes operations to produce a quality product by setting a goal of 100 percent compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, maintaining membership in the Partnership for Safe Water and ensuring that capital planning focuses on maintaining high quality water. The utility updated its asset management plan and used the information to establish funding requirements for its Replacement & Refurbishment Fund, which is integral to its 15-year financial plan update and associated recommended wholesale water rate increases. The District promotes customer satisfaction and stakeholder support to achieve community sustainability through various outreach activities.

Fort Wayne City Utilities consistently produces quality water for its customers, allowing management to focus on other key initiatives to improve its organization. The utility prioritizes employee and leadership development by encouraging continuous learning through in-house and external training opportunities, for example, growing the number of professional engineers on staff from two to 16. Management has also rewritten all job descriptions to provide for career growth. In 2015, the utility implemented a new customer account management and billing system, which has benefited both customers and the utility. And new chemical feed programs were implemented at its filtration plant, resulting in more consistent and better quality water.

Kansas City Board of Public Utilities has implemented improvement initiatives including: valve, hydrant and customer leak detection programs; water treatment plant filter upgrades; water distribution facility maintenance and Geographic Information System; a water main and fire hydrant replacement project; a new four-million gallon water reservoir; and a Maximo asset work order management program. The utility develops programs to ensure training and understanding of work processes and standards throughout the organization. It works continually to improve its services to the community and measures overall customer satisfaction by reviewing data from customer satisfaction studies, customer inquiry reports, a cost-of-service study and AEGIS risk assessment.

KC Water has capitalized on challenges to establish an evidence-based, data-driven utility in all aspects, including infrastructure rehabilitation, maintenance, operational and customer-service programs. Achievements include: new infrastructure rehabilitation based on increased customer satisfaction as measured by customer surveys; improved main replacement protocols based on business risk exposure; and significant automation of many business processes. Careful management of debt coverage requirements to support long-term infrastructure investment has improved financial results. Forward-thinking processes have been implanted throughout administrative functions including customer service operations, employee training and staff development and long-range organizational planning.

To conserve finite resources, Mesa Water decreased its dependence on non-renewable groundwater supplies from over 70 percent in 1984, to around 10 percent today. The utility recharges approximately 8,000 acre-feet of effluent a year and achieves close to 100 percent reuse of reclaimed water. Its technology initiatives include Cityworks computerized maintenance management software and asset management system, and its mobile dispatch utilizes geolocation to ensure responsive dispatch to emergencies and complaints. Mesa Water maintains an Aa2 bond rating from Moody’s and developed a 20-year forecast model to anticipate revenues and expenses and prepare reserves for smoothing potential future rate increases.

Phoenix Water’s executive management team gathered supervisors, managers and field employees into cross-divisional teams based on the Attributes of Effective Utility Management to develop goals to drive and measure performance. Progress was reported over 40 targets. For example, the percentage of calls answered within two minutes went from a low of around 30 percent a year ago, to 98 percent today. To prevent the catastrophic failure of pre-stressed concrete cylinder transmission pipelines, the utility set a goal of inspecting 32 miles of critical water mains in three years. It is currently poised to complete a cumulative total of over 55 miles of inspections.

As a regional utility, operations of the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department are supported via an enterprise fund model and are fully funded by revenues received from rates and fees for services, as well as fees associated with new development. Over the past three years, the utility made significant progress in strategic plan elements of employee and leadership development, operational optimization, stakeholder outreach, reliability, environmental stewardship, water resource management and financial viability. The strategic plan was updated in 2015 to identify new initiatives, and primary focus now includes customer service, reliability and operational optimization.

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) integrated infrastructure, employees and rates by combining with a large utility, BexarMet. This multi-year process demonstrated the ability to merge the assets, liabilities, rights, duties and obligations of a substandard utility with the high expectations of SAWS while successfully providing seamless service to customers. The utility constantly forecasts with sophisticated models to anticipate conditions affecting revenue, such as climate, population growth and supply. Strategies include refinancing debt, reducing O&M expenditures, developing alternative water supplies, and increasing education and outreach to support conservation. With more than 11,000 miles of pipe, condition and repair is consistently monitored and tracked.

Suffolk County Water Authority’s Strategic Plan 2025 incorporates mobile workforce technology, development of a 24-hour customer service operation, development of new treatment methods for emerging contaminants, creation of an Employee Development Center to foster employee growth and substantial infrastructure investment. The utility organized the Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection to preserve the aquifer that provides all of Long Island’s drinking water. It also expanded testing to 398 chemicals – 249 more than required by regulators. Its environmentally friendly vehicle fleet and infrastructure include 26 compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles and a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. Construction on a CNG-compliant repair facility is underway.

Tacoma Water has made significant progress in becoming a more effective organization through planning, analysis and developing strong stakeholder relationships. Understanding risk through data and analysis is an important dimension of the enhanced planning and decision making at Tacoma Water, which will position it well to adapt to future conditions and opportunities. The utility’s main accomplishments include: strategic planning and use of balanced scorecard to measure execution; completion of construction and startup of its filtration plant; significant natural resource enhancements and habitat work in the Green River Watershed; GIS implementation; asset management program development; and adoption of a decision-making framework for budget development.

Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance Winners
The Central Arizona Project (CAP) plays a critical economic role, delivering more than 1.5 million acre-feet of Colorado River water annually to municipal, industrial, agricultural and Native American water users. CAP works collaboratively with customers, government agencies, water users in the seven basin states and the Republic of Mexico to address regional water supply issues. The agency helped develop cooperative interstate and international agreements designed to conserve Colorado River water and ensure the continued reliability and sustainability of that shared water supply. It employs open, transparent budgeting and rate-setting processes, and a recent assessment found CAP’s asset management program led all surveyed North American utilities.

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is a multi-faceted California Special District serving more than 318,000 people across a 1,000 square-mile area in portions of Riverside and Imperial counties. Services include drinking water for homes and businesses, irrigation water imported from the Colorado River, recycled water for golf course and landscape-related use, wastewater treatment, regional stormwater protection, groundwater basin management and conservation programs and education for customers. Strategic plan goals include employee workforce development, financial stability, water supply sustainability, exceptional customer service, water quality and environmental leadership, and infrastructure investment and management. Progress is measured using the SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) matrix.

Montgomery County Environmental Services provides high quality water, wastewater, solid waste and recycling service to citizens in Southwest Ohio. Its innovative “block and index” energy purchasing strategy has allowed the utility, since 2013, to reduce energy costs by 15 percent. Leadership development is addressed through a cross-department Executive Steering Team and a Managers Bookclub for middle management, which provides training in team building, effective communication and understanding personal strengths and weaknesses. The department also opened a state-of-the-art Environmental Learning Center, constructed with sustainable building materials and designed to educate citizens about utility services, waste reduction, recycling and water conservation.

In recent years, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB) coordinated a massive rebuilding of destroyed infrastructure with the city’s Department of Public Works, accelerating the timeframe of recovery and saving taxpayers millions of dollars of unnecessary duplicative efforts. A $2.1 billion Hurricane Katrina FEMA settlement was negotiated and the funds used to construct the Southeast Louisiana (SELA) drainage program to prevent street flooding in parts of the city previously damaged by heavy rains. The utility is also constructing a Water Hammer to mitigate boil water advisories and is replacing 124 miles of water lines. S&WB has produced seven green infrastructure projects and is planning a green roof for its main office downtown.

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU) Enterprise Asset Management Plan assists in coordinating planning and management of projects across the city and includes components to maintain inventory and maintenance schedules, track key performance indicators and capture Standard Operating Procedures in a centralized location. DPU has continually been in compliance with all federal and state drinking water requirements and new technologies have been adopted to improve operational efficiencies. The Department engages and educates customers through its website, newsletters, social media posts and advertising. DPU staff present information at community meetings, and a Citizens’ Academy was developed to provide a more in-depth look at utility operations.

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The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water suppliers in the United States.

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