monitoring progress towards meeting goals and milestones, and maintaining open lines of 
communications with peers and others in the industry striving for the same goals.   

The Authority encourages innovative thinking and ideas that can be implemented within its processes in 
order to achieve better results, while also lowering impacts to the environment and its constituents.  It 
rewards its peers and employees for these types of behaviors with recognition, respect, and celebration 
of victories for the facility -  which helps promote this continued progressive attitude.  Innovation is 
taking place because it’s good for the Authority, the environment, the community, and the economy.   
To demonstrate the high value of its staff and peers, the Authority drives an awareness and 
commitment to workplace safety and safety to the general public, which takes precedence on all other 
matters.  Safety is a paramount aspect of showing respect and importance for the people who make the 
difference, as well as the general public.  

The Authority demonstrates the Utility of the Future approach through many additional different 
activity areas besides promoting a progressive organizational culture.  Some other areas include 
beneficial biosolids reuse, community partnering and engagement, energy efficiency, energy generation 
and recovery, nutrient and materials recovery, water reuse, and watershed stewardship.  The following 
paragraphs summarize how the Authority is participating in the above mentioned activity areas.    

The Authority promotes the beneficial reuse of biosolids by bidding out and executing contracts for the 
biosolids to be reused as fertilizer on farm fields, instead of landfilling or incineration.  Along with NPDES 
permit requirements for standards in the biosolids, the Authority strives for the cleanest and most 
usable biosolids to promote its ability to be reused instead of wasted.  

The Authority participates in community partnering and engagement in many ways.  First and foremost, 
the Authority remains as transparent as possible, enabling the public to see the efforts that are 
performed not just to protect the surrounding environment, but to lower the economic impacts to the 
community.  The Authority also participates in educational events that include visiting local schools to 
educate on the need for clean water, hosting tours to various groups to demonstrate the efficiencies of 
the processes used, and participate in humanitarian groups that promote water stewardship.    

As previously mentioned, one of the Authority’s primary goals is to achieve net zero energy use.  Energy 
efficiency and energy generation/recovery are key aspects to this goal.  Some of the many ways the 
Authority achieves energy efficiency are the use of variable frequency drives, utilization of motion 
sensors/LED lights, utilization of automation to better optimize the treatment process, utilizing energy 
conserving equipment wherever possible, evaluating energy efficiency for all equipment purchases and 
capital projects, and participation in voluntary energy efficiency programs.  The main course the 
Authority achieves energy generation/recovery is through the recently installed combined heat and 
power system.  Methane gas produced from the anaerobic digestion process is used to fuel engines that 
produce electricity and heat, which is then reused in the treatment process.  The Authority is currently 
in the process of installing a FOG receiving station in order to further production and use of the methane 
digester gas.  The FOG station will give the Authority an enhanced production of methane gas, which 
gives value to the nutrient and materials recovery aspect of being a Utility of the Future.  The enhanced 
gas production allows the ability to produce more energy and heat to be used in the process, which 
lowers the overall energy usage, and in turn saves money to the community.