existing assets by inter-connecting two adjacent forcemains with lower-cost modifications to increase 
the capacity of the Suisun Pump Station.    

As another example, the District has an informal but highly effective cross-training program, where 
Operations, Maintenance, and Engineering are encouraged to job shadow each other to improve job 
understanding and promote continuous improvement for the entire District.  In addition to the benefits 
of job shadowing, two of the District’s five engineering project managers have become licensed 
wastewater treatment plant operators, creating a high performing team that is able to actively 
collaborate on cross-departmental issues.    Staff has implemented numerous expense reduction 
measures, with the most significant through reduction of staff through work re-design and redistribution 
to existing staff when a position is vacated.  Since 2008, 11 positions have been consolidated, saving 
about $1.1M per year while providing meaningful professional development and leadership 
opportunities to remaining staff.    

The District also supports a highly effective safety program, resulting in no lost-time accidents for over 
12 consecutive years and savings of approximately $40,000 in workers’ compensation premiums each 
year.    Other Activity Areas In addition to Organizational Culture Activities, the District is engaged in 
several other UoTF Activity Areas, including beneficial biosolids use, community engagement, energy 
efficiency, energy recovery, water reuse, and watershed stewardship.     Beneficial Biosolids Use In 2015, 
the District embarked on a unique public-private partnership with Lystek International, Inc., an organic 
materials recovery firm, to develop a new regional Fairfield Organic Materials Recovery Center (OMRC) 
at the District’s treatment plant site.  Patterned after successful operations in Canada, the OMRC will be 
the first facility of its kind in the United States.    

The OMRC will process all of the District’s annual 13,000 wet tons of Class B biosolids plus capacity for 
another 137,000 wet tons annually from agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The new OMRC is 
under construction with startup anticipated in summer 2016.  

 The OMRC will transform biosolids into multiple marketable products including a Class A nutrient-rich 
liquid fertilizer called LystaGro, a recycle product to enhance digestion called LystaMize, and a carbon 
supply product for Biological Nutrient Removal called LystaCarb.    

In addition to providing long-term biosolids management and marketable products, the OMRC will 
reduce the impact of nutrients in the dewatering sidestream and ultimately eliminate the District need 
to dewater digested solids.  The facility is also being developed to process other organics into 
marketable products that are currently being landfilled.  

Community Engagement  

The District partners with other agencies on classroom outreach in order to minimize duplication and 
provide the widest reach.  Solano County Water Agency, Solano County Department of Resource 
Management, and the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District fund the Solano Resource Conservation District’s 
Suisun Marsh Watershed & Wetland Education Program.  This hands-on, field trip based program helps 
children learn the concept of a watershed and the impacts of humans on their watershed. The District is 
a member of the School Water Education Program (SWEP) partnership. SWEP’s educational programs 
are multi-disciplinary and aligned with content standards for California schools. The programs encourage 
students to develop a healthy attitude of personal responsibility towards the environment, and they