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Strategies for a successful performance contract
Performance contracting can help utilities
cost-effectively enhance efficiency, but it’s not as easy as some may think
No more backups
Reducing SSOs with headworks improvements in
If you can’t stand the heat …
Researchers experiment with algae that can treat wastewater in hot, arid region
Coming in the next issue:
Getting ahead of the curve
Communicating the intricacies of
water topics can be difficult. The good news is that the ‘yuck factor’ seems to
be fading away to some degree. The hard part, however, remains: converting the
technical information that underpins engineering, financial, and public health
decisions into public-facing messages that stick with consumers. The March
issue of WE&T looks at a few of these efforts.
Perhaps one of the most daunting of
these tasks is sharing the advantages of beneficial reuse of biosolids.
However, a group of experts have compiled a series of recommendations and
tactics for translating sound science into effective communications.
Interacting regularly, understanding the audience, and making sure the “good
news” doesn’t get lost in the data are a few of the topics covered this
Another example tells the story of
how a city found a strong partner in a local environmental organization to
educate and inform its constituents to vote to form a stormwater utility and to
accept its associated fees. The organization created a rich and multilayered
approach through many types of media to share its messages and get out the vote
on the day of the referendum. In addition to the steps taken to make the
successful vote happen, the authors also share what they learned after the fact
that could benefit others.
And, sometimes, communicating
within our own walls can be the toughest. Continual training and skills
development are essential within utilities, but finding how to do it can be
daunting. To help with this, the Bureau of Sewerage of the Tokyo Metropolitan
Government in Japan opened its Wastewater Technology Training Center in
September 2013. This practical training facility provides simulated exercises
and hands-on practices in various arenas. It promotes effective and efficient
early-stage acquisition of knowledge and skills for operators as well as
successful inheritance of technology and operational know-how.
Also in this issue
Operator essentials. What every operator needs to know about
collection system odor and corrosion control.
Viewpoint. The need to match licensing regulation of operators
to evolving job requirements.
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