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Water and Wastewater Treatment:. Chris Benton, Li Huang, Megan Owens, and Jonathan Young PA 780 April 28, 2011. Roadmap. Role of the local government Responsibilities of administrators Water and Sewer Innovations Clearwater, FL – Integrated Water Resource Management

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water and wastewater treatment

Water and Wastewater Treatment:

Chris Benton, Li Huang,

Megan Owens, and Jonathan Young

PA 780

April 28, 2011

roadmap
Roadmap
  • Role of the local government
  • Responsibilities of administrators
  • Water and Sewer Innovations
    • Clearwater, FL – Integrated Water Resource Management
    • Portland, OR – Biogas Fuels
why do local governments provide water and wastewater service
Why do local governments provide water and wastewater service?
  • Natural monopoly
  • Negative externalities
  • Critical for health and welfare
  • Developmental policy
  • Managing common pool resources
what are common service arrangements
What are common service arrangements?

EB MUD Wastewater Service Area

  • Special Districts
  • City or County Agencies
  • Private Utilities
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Usually funded with user

fees, not taxes

  • Local providers responsible for complying with state and federal regulations
    • U.S. EPA
    • California Department of Public Health
what are the roles of public administrators
What are the roles of public administrators?
  • Construct, maintain and operate systems to ensure
    • Safety
    • Reliability
    • Emergency Planning and Response
  • Manage relationships and contracts with other agencies
    • Buy or sell water
    • Regulators
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What are the roles of public administrators?

  • Interact with the users of the systems
    • Encourage conservation and responsibility
    • Communicate about rate increases
  • Plan for future supply and treatment needs
  • Budgeting and finance
east bay mud organizational chart
East Bay MUD Organizational Chart
  • Board of Directors
  • General Manager
  • Water & Natural Resources Dept.
  • Operations & Maintenance Dept.
  • Engineering & Construction Dept.
  • Wastewater Dept.
  • Finance Dept.
  • Administration Dept.
what are some current challenges
What are some current challenges?
  • Increasing environmental requirements
  • Aging infrastructure
  • Population shifts/

development

  • Energy costs

EBMUD “Digester” Converts Food Waste to Biogas

what innovations are being implemented
What innovations are being implemented?
  • New technologies
    • GIS
    • SCADA
    • Remote meter reading
  • Outsourcing non-core functions
  • Watershed approaches to improving water quality
  • Security and contingency planning
  • Performance indicators and measurement
  • Reclaimed Water/IWRM
  • Energy Efficiency
what is iwrm
What is IWRM?
  • Alternative Water Source Development
    • Reclaimed Water
    • Desalination
  • Resource Management
    • Stable Quantity
    • Stable Quality
  • Regional Demand Management
how does iwrm apply in clearwater florida
How Does IWRM Apply in Clearwater Florida?
  • Reclaimed Water System
    • Commercial, residential, wholesale
    • Currently no reclaimed water in

potable supply

    • Reduces demand for potable water and wastewater discharges
  • Planning/Implementation
    • Intergovernmental Funding
    • Public education campaign
    • “Master Plan” issued in 2001 and 2007
how does portland use bio fuels
How Does Portland Use Bio-Fuels?
  • Biogas from decomposing sewage powers electrical generators
  • Provides almost 50% of electricity for the wastewater treatment plant
  • Provides power during power outages, improving reliability