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week (160 hour) program where local high school students have a comprehensive understanding of 
wastewater treatment, reuse and potable water sources and how our organization contributes to the 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program.  These student interns receive college 
credit for the course and $600 in compensation. 

Creation of the Southwest Water Campus for research and innovation related to water sector 
advancements in technology, treatment and energy conservation through public-private partnerships.  
The Water Campus is a multi-functional facility and public meeting place for public outreach and 
workforce development and community awareness. 

Active participation in Water Lab Alliance, Emergency Response Laboratory Network as well as 
statewide and national laboratory performance and accreditation programs.  Provide laboratory 
analyses and workshops for various public utilities throughout the state. 

Our utility led the way to create a regional Dispose-A-Med program targeted to keep unwanted 
medications from being introduced into the sewers. A more important objective of this activity is to 
reduce prescription drug abuse amongst teens and to educate the public about the dangers of 
prescription pill usage and the water quality nexus.  Our program involves more than seven jurisdictional 
areas, several tiers of law enforcement and Native American communities. 

Our utility has partnered with Pima Community College for employee development and outreach 
activities.  Pima Community College provides instructors for the Leadership for Supervision Program and 
other continuing employee development programs and provides college credit for the O&M Technician 
Training Program and other specialized and technical training programs starting FY 2016-2017. 

Performance Measures & Results 

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Facility Tours and public meetings hosted at our Water Campus: Our facilities are open for 
hosting meetings for regulators, trade organizations and various public outreach events. 

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Pilot demonstrations: With a total of eight WRFs, we typically are involved in at least three pilot 
demonstrations/evaluations each year. 

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R&D opportunities: We are typically engaged in at least four research opportunities each year. 

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Process improvement: Through our involvement with WERF’s LIFT program, various working 
groups and R&D activities, we try to target one technology improvement annually to bring a 
project concept to full scale implementation. 

  

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

 

Indication of management commitment (e.g., energy efficiency standard operating procedures; 
board/executive management energy efficiency policy, including quantitative goals developed 
and shared with stakeholders)  

 

Energy audit/benchmarking conducted to identify priorities for energy efficiency improvements  

 

‘Energy teams’ established and individuals empowered within the utility for energy efficiency 
activities (e.g., an “energy advocate” or “energy champion”)   

 

Utilization of energy conserving operational methods (e.g., optimization of primary 
sedimentation to reduce utilization of pure oxygen)