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groups both locally and nationally.  The local Chamber of commerce and local school groups and 
teachers are often visitors to the facility. 

Under is EHSES-MS, the facility has committed to becoming a zero-net energy facility.  To achieve this 
commitment, the facility will implement a variety of energy efficiency and energy generation projects.  
These include the replacement of the aeration system blowers with more energy efficient turbo blowers 
and replacing 6 small emergency generators with a 2 MW unit that can be operated by the local electric 
utility when necessary.   In 2014, the facility installed 1.2 MW photovoltaic solar farm and a pilot solar 
biosolids drying facility.  The facility is investigating the operating of the aeration system by monitoring 
the nitrogen in the basins.  The KCRRRF is currently participating in the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s pilot 
program to become ISO 50001/SEP certified and has signed an agreement with the U.S. DOE’s Better 
Plants program to commit to reducing energy usage at the KCRRRF by 25% over the next 10 years.  The 
facility hired an energy service company to recommend changes to both operations and processes to 
become zero net energy.  The facility has also budgeted to replace all existing street lights located 
around the facility with LED lights. 

The facility through its biosolids program has been recovering nutrients, specifically nitrogen and 
phosphorous, by placing them on local farms as a substitute for virgin fertilizers.  The facility solicits the 
cooperation of local farmers on an ongoing basis.  It has numerous marketing materials to provide the 
necessary information to ensure that the farmer understands what Kentorganite can provide and how it 
saves the local farmers both time and money.  The facility cannot provide all of the biosolids to meet 
current demand.  Contracts are in place as needed.  The facility also considered alternative uses of the 
biosolids including manufacturing the material as pellets as a wood pellet substitute and looked at 
bagging the biosolids and selling it through local garden markets. 

The KCRRRF has been practicing watershed stewardship for a number of years.  It has purchased local 
farmland and returned the areas back into its natural habitat.   It is looking into converting the discharge 
canal into a series of artificial wetlands.   The land beneath the solar farm was rebuilt using a green 
infrastructure approach.  The latest NPODES permit will practice nutrient trading.  Several properties 
purchased by the county were redeveloped in order to reduce the amount of nutrients released into the 
environment. 

There is insufficient demand for the reuse of the treated water from the facility.  Until such time as the 
state environmental agency pushes the reuse it will not occur.  The facility did investigate using some of 
the treated water as makeup water for a gas turbine power plant. 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE 

 

Proactive leadership that engages in both internal organizational and broader external 
community priorities  

 

Establishes a participatory, collaborative organization dedicated to continual learning, 
improvement, and innovation   

 

Workforce and leadership development program in place to assure recruitment, retention, and 
competency of utility staff relative to a Utility of the Future business model. Development