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electrical and control retrofit for the LEWWTP.  Final design includes a network of programmable 
controllers and graphic interface stations, interconnected by a fiber optic cable backbone.  The system 
fully automates plant operations, offers configuration flexibility and support real-time maintenance 
diagnostics and computerized maintenance management, process analysis, alarm paging, operations 
manuals, and asset management tools. 

Thanks to tight integration between the SCADA system and the plant's asset management system, plant 
staff can browse work history for equipment and create work requests right from the SCADA system.  
This method reduces the amount of effort it takes to create work requests, reduces and greatly reduces 
data entry errors. 

Smart Controls 

Smart controls contain built in control algorithms that are meant to optimize energy usage, allowing 
more efficient operation.  These are reflected in: 

 

Advance boiler controls to maximize usage of biogas from the anaerobic digester process and 
minimize use of natural gas; 

 

Smart pump station controller designed and tuned to use the minimum energy possible; 

 

Advanced process tuning and timing features to turn motors on and off that may run 
continuously in other facilities; 

 

Amperage is monitored on almost every motor in the plant to indicate impeller wear, other 
mechanical problems or pending failures; 

 

Energy and gas usage monitoring systems that allow continuous monitoring of energy usage. 

 

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 
program includes a leadership and management skills training program that provides both 
formal and informal leadership opportunities for employees  

 

Employee “in-reach” program established to share work experiences and ensure greater 
understanding of the utility’s key strategy relative to the Utility of the Future business model 

 

Innovation initiatives adopted that encourage risk-taking, and that are adequately funded and 
staffed   

Drives an awareness and commitment to workplace safety 

Long-range Master Plan 

Completely replaced IT server structure to improve system security and reliability 

Prepared and presented formal testimony at the 2016 Basic Standards hearing before the Colorado 
Water Quality Control Commission