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Kansas Case Study

Lawrence, Kansas

Integrated Wastewater Management System


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Introduction

  • Pollution Prevention Institute

  • PEER Center

  • Case Study – Lawrence, Kansas

    • History

    • Lawrence Wastewater Management System

    • Benefits

    • Challenges


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Pollution Prevention Institute

  • Kansas State University

    • Engineering Extension

      • Pollution Prevention Inst

        • Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP)

        • EPA grants

        • PEER Center


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Public Entity EMS Resource Center

  • One-stop shop for public entity EMS resources, www.peercenter.net

  • Eleven EMS local resource centers

    • Information

    • Technical assistance

    • Mentoring

    • Training


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Lawrence, Kansas


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Lawrence Biosolids Program

  • 1956 – WWTP built

  • 1996 – Residuals Coordinator position created

  • Biosolids

    • Applied to area agriculture fields

      • Benefits corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and pasture

    • Used by residents for landscaping and gardening

  • EMS for biosolids – charter demonstration agency with NBP’s EMS program


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Historic time line…

  • May 2000 –committed to NBP

  • October 2005 – 10th agency to be certified

  • November 2005 – Pursue ISO14001 and OHSAS18001

  • March 2006 – Consultant help to combine (LWWMS)

  • October 2006 – Combined 3rd Party Audit

  • December 2006 – Certifications received


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Why National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) EMS?

  • Opportunity to set the standard

  • Provide small/medium agency representation

  • Give credibility to existing program

  • NBP provided funding for training and technical assistance

  • Management was aware of EMS (primarily ISO 14001)


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What is the LWWMS?

A combined management system including:

  • NBP EMS Standard

  • ISO 14001 Standard

  • OHSAS 18001 Standard

NBP EMS

ISO 14001

LWWMS

OHSAS 18001


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LWWMS Manual

www.lawrenceutilities.org/LWWMS.shtml

Main elements

  • Introduction and overview

  • Control of operations

  • Communication

  • Improvement processes

  • Management involvement


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Control of Operations

Significant Aspects (ISO 14001)

Significant Risks (OHSAS 18001)

Critical Control Points (NBP EMS)


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Critical Control Points (CCP)

  • Definition – activities, processes, or events throughout the Biosolids Value Chain that control or influence the quality and management of biosolids and therefore the environment. Includes:

    • legal compliance

    • significant environmental impacts

    • health and safety risks


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Identifying CCPs


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Identifying CCPs


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Identifying CCPs


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LWWMS Schedule

  • Follow management system and “fine tune” as needed

  • Require interim audits for all three annually

  • Require re-verification every 5 years for NBP EMS and every 3 years for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001


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Benefits

  • Better tracking of documentation and records

  • Tool to show job performance – recognize outstanding work that staff performs

  • National recognition

  • Credibility and trust by interested parties

  • Serves as a training tool


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Benefits

  • Increase communication among parties

  • Third party audit is “value added”

  • Help identify efficiencies, potential cost savings, and opportunities for continual improvement

  • Asset in informing the public of projects and wastewater utility activities

  • Empowers the utility to be in control


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Challenges

  • Combining CCP w/ISO impacts and OHSAS hazards

  • Learning curve for everyone including consultants and account reps

  • Gaining commitment from everyone


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Challenges cont…

  • Management review was forced

  • Inconsistency of verbiage

  • Translating what this means to the public

  • Internal conflict among other departments


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Words of Advice

  • Make it simple

  • There are always things to improve upon

  • Not a project – but a new way of doing business

  • Takes time for “cultural” change in an organization

  • Make it work for you – it’s yours!

  • It’s not command and control or regulations


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What lies ahead…

  • May 2007 – Possible performance track

  • June 2007 – NBP biosolids auditor certification

  • October 2007 – Expanded management system throughout utility department

  • October 2008 – ISO9001 certification


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Contact Information

Barb Johnson

K-State Pollution Prevention Institute

800-578-8898

[email protected]

or

Jeanette Klamm

City of Lawrence, Kansas

[email protected]


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