FWEA/FBC Workshop

FWEA/FBC Joint Seminar
Florida Utilities Flowing Toward Becoming Utilities 
of the Future 

Friday, May 17, 2019

City of Pompano Beach
Water Treatment Plant, 2nd Floor Training Room
1205 NE 5th Ave.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Hosted by City of Pompano Beach Utilities
Sponsored by the FWEA Utility Management Committee
8:30 - 9:00 amRegistration/Networking
9:00 - 9:15 amWelcome & Introductions
9:15 - 10:15 am

Keynote Presentation: Utility of the Future Today - Recognition Program Presented by: Ifetayo Venner PE, ENV SP, LEED Green Associate | WEF Board of Trustees | Vice President Arcadis

The “Water Resources Utility of the Future Today” was first articulated in a 2013 publication jointly prepared by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF). The Water Resources Utility of the Future: A Blueprint for Action sought to capture in one place current, emergent, and possible wastewater utility opportunities that, packaged together, presented a revolutionary future for the sector. That revolution would transform the traditional wastewater treatment system to a community-based resource recovery center and leader in the overall sustainability and resilience of the communities they serve. This Recognition Program has been specifically designed to further promote and enable the emergence of this new business model for the sector and recognition for those achieving these achievements.

10:15 - 10:30 amBreak
10:30 - 11:15 am

Pinellas County - Successful Public/Private Partnership
Presented by: Maria Vega Rodriguez Ph.D., Technical Project Coordinator, Pinellas County Utilities 

Pinellas County Utilities is committed to resource recovery and environmental stewardship, which is exemplified in the renewable products made at our water reclamation facilities. The presentation would focus on the South Cross Bayou Advanced Water Reclamation Facility’s (AWRF) success of converting the wastewater from approximately 250,000 customers into reclaimed water, fertilizer, and renewable energy. The presentation would focus on the facility’s history with resource recovery, how data has been used to benchmark success and steer process control, and upcoming projects aimed at improving energy efficiency and resource recovery. The South Cross Bayou AWRF saves about $140,000 annually by using the biogas from two egg-shaped anaerobic digesters in the pelletizing process, a process that produces 6,000 dry tons of fertilizer pellets per year. The Utility has a contract with Synagro, and the public-private partnership has been in place for nearly 20 years. The presentation will discuss the process itself, process control measures, and how both parties strive for continuous improvement.

11:15 - Noon

Partnering Promotes Progress: Toho Water Authority's UOTF Program Efforts
Presented by: Mike Sweeney Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director, Toho Water Authority

Utility leaders are continually challenged to do more with less and customers continue to demand better service from systems that functionally can be complex; are saddled with legacy issues; and, have a capital investment intensity that knows few rivals. The UOTF program provides an improvement framework to help stimulate ways to continuingly improve and a means to recognize high performers willing to share experiences with their peers. Toho Water Authority (TWA) was recognized in 2018 in the category of Community Partnership and Engagement. The presentation will cover the main elements of TWA’s ongoing UOTF efforts ranging from its leadership of a multi-utility collaborative water supply planning effort to being named a Top 100 Company to work for in the Central Florida area for 12 consecutive years.

Noon - 12:45 pmNetworking Lunch (Provided)
12:45 - 2:00 pm

Review of the FBC Performance Indicators for Water/Wastewater (WW)

Facilitated by Joe Cheatham, FBC Service Area Lead, Assistant General Manager for Underground Utilities, City of Tallahassee, and Susan Boyer, FBC Executive Director

This session will be a review of the current FBC Performance Measures for WW and an open discussion on any concern(s) or changes/improvement to definitions, needed additions or any other area of concern to the utilities as it relates to data collection for water, wastewater and reclaimed water.

2:00 - 2:45 pm

Asset Management: Steps for Continuous Improvement
Presented by Melissa Pomales, Arcadis Engineers, and Tim Ware, PE, CRL, Operation and Maintenance Engineer, Arcadis Engineers.

Successful capital improvement planning (CIP) decisions are based on efficient operation and maintenance (O&M) practices and processes and driven by effective KPIs. A utility’s progression towards dependable continuous improvement in business processes relies on a diverse holistic approach. The shortest route to the most useful KPIs can take years, and if approached properly undoubtedly will. O&M processes, asset management plans, data collection and reporting, staff resource investment, and communication plans are mutually dependent on each other for strategic planning. This presentation will discuss nominal steps required to achieve continuous improvement, examples of high-return change management, and lessons learned to implement new standards of operation.

2:45 - 3:30 pm

City of Cape Coral Reuse Supplementation & Expansion, 2017 Utility of the Future Recipient
Presented by: Jeff Pearson, MSM, PMP, PWE, Utilities Director, City of Cape Coral

The City began operation of a separate irrigation quality (IQ) water distribution system in 1992, which was one of the first in the nation. The City’s IQ Water System includes: fresh water canals and canal withdrawal facilities, reclaimed water storage tanks, and an IQ distribution system. Plans are underway to improve the city’s reuse system which include residential metering and improved customer awareness. Finding additional sources of irrigation water will be necessary as the City of Cape Coral continues to expand its system. These sources could come from cooperative agreements with other municipalities, development of ASR wells, water sourced from a reservoir, and potential use of raw water wells.

3:30 - 4:15 pm

City of Tallahassee Sustained Excellence Program - 2018 Utility of the Future Recipient
Presented by: Lynn Coller, Assistant Manager, Wastewater Utility Operations, City of Tallahassee Underground Utilities and Public Infrastructure

A culture of continuous improvement led to the Utility being named the first public utility in Florida to win the coveted Florida Governors Sterling Council Award in 2015. The award proves that the City of Tallahassee UU/PI is a role model organization in Florida that has excellent overall performance in all seven categories of the Sterling Business Model. This award is the state version of the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Award. In addition, in 2018 the City of Tallahassee UU/PI became the first public or private Utility to win the Florida Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award. By becoming a sustained excellence performance role model, the City has exhibited a system and culture of performance excellence, including organizational sustainability, improved organizational governance, continuous learning, risk taking and strategic adaptability.

4:15 - 4:30 pmWrap-up/Evaluations
**PDHs and CEUs will be provided by FWEA**
$149 for FWEA and FBC Members
$199 for Non-Members

$500 Gold Sponsorship
Includes company logo on the program and banner at the seminar and two complimentary admissions.

$300 Silver Sponsorship
Includes company logo on the program and banner at the seminar and one complimentary admission.

$100 Bronze Sponsorship
Includes company logo on the program and banner at the seminar.

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Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach Central
2880 Center Port Circle
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
(954) 283-5873

A group rate of $89.00 USD per night is available. The rate is available until May 2, 2019, or when sold out.