FWEA/FBC Workshop

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

Friday, November 2, 2018

Pinellas County Training Facility
South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Training Facility
7401 54th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Holiday Inn Express and Suites St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach
4816 100th Way N., St. Petersburg, FL 33708
(727) 914-7107
Room Rate:  $109.00 (ask for the FWEA/FBC Workshop room block rate)
NOTE: Reservations must be made prior to Wednesday, October 15, 2018 to receive the discounted rate. Reservations after that date will be provided on a space available basis, at prevailing rate if room block is full. 
Please note that the credit card used to reserve the room will not be charged until arrival.
8:30 - 9:00 am Registration/Networking
9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome & 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 am Break
10:30 - 11:15 am

Back to the Future: Over 15 Years of Resource Recovery, Innovation, & Partnerships - Pinellas County
Presented by: Ivy Drexler, Ph.D., Plant Manager, Pinellas County Utilities and Matt Busch, from Synagro

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 will look at the successful public/private partnership at the South Cross Bayou Advanced Water Reclamation Facility’s (AWRF) and the success of converting the wastewater from approximately 250,000 customers into reclaimed water, fertilizer, and renewable energy. 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 will be reviewed. 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 process itself, process control measures, and how both parties strive for continuous improvement will be discussed.

11:15 - Noon

The Role of Energy in Utility Resilience – Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer 2016 and 2017 Utility of the Future Recipient
Presented by: Debbie Griner, Resilience Manager, Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) began its efforts to reduce energy use and shift to renewable energy sources in the 1990’s, spurred in part by the County’s adoption of greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainability goals. Biogas continues to power wastewater treatment plant operations and has been expanded to include landfill gas from the neighboring facility. Other combined heat and power strategies have been implemented along the way. The department has also focused on operational improvements that enhance energy reliability and provide continuity of services in the face of impacts from shocks such as storm surge, flooding, and wind in extreme weather events while also planning for longer term stresses such as sea level rise and population changes. This presentation will discuss lessons learned, the shift to a comprehensive and integrated approach, and some next stops on its path to resilience.

Noon - 12:45 pm Networking Lunch (Provided)
12:45 - 1:15 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.

1:15 - 2:00 pm

Asset Management: Steps for Continuous Improvement
Presented by Stacey Smich, PE Asset Management Engineer, 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.

2:00 - 2:45 pm

Reuse Supplementation & Expansion - City of Cape Coral, 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.

2:45 - 3:30 pm

Sustained Excellence Program – City of Tallahassee 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.

3:30 - 3:45 pm Wrap-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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Hosted by Pinellas County Utilities
Sponsored by FWEA Utility Management Committee