NARRATIVE: Organizational Culture at VVWRA 

The cornerstones of the organizational culture at the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority 
are four rules instituted by General Manager Logan Olds.  “Logan’s Rules” are 1) Treat the wastewater to 
the best means possible given the resources available, 2) Provide resources to do number one, 3) 
Manage liability, and 4) Do not confuse managerial with governing authority. While these rules were 
originally intended to guide employees in the wastewater treatment process, VVWRA has expanded its 
mission to become an environmentally sustainable resource recovery facility. 

Energy efficiency is a key to being an environmentally sustainable resource recovery facility. VVWRA has 
actively pursued grants for programs and processes that reduce energy consumption while generating 
green sustainable electricity. To date the Authority has received two CEC grants, along with awards from 
the DOE and NACWA for our efforts to innovate.  VVWRA management has established policies that 
make energy efficiency a priority. UV disinfection is an energy demanding process, but the VVWRA 
operations team has developed a protocol that dramatically reduces the amount of power needed to 
meet the needs of the plant. The protocol not only lowers energy usage, but reduces wear and tear on 
expensive equipment. VVWRA employees are provided training in practices that help maximize energy 
efficiency at the plant and are currently part of the DOE Superior Energy Performance program to obtain 
ISO 500001 certification. The ISO 50001 program gives our staff guidelines for mapping energy usage at 
the plant and strategies for reducing electricity consumption while reducing carbon emissions. The 
program gives our staff an active voice in addressing and resolving energy issues. 

While energy efficiency is important, VVWRA management has made energy generation and resource 
recovery a priority. The two concepts work hand in hand.  One of the resources VVWRA recovers is 
naturally occurring methane or biogas. Through its Waste to Energy program and a Public/Private 
energy agreement, VVWRA is capturing the biogas, scrubbing it and using it to power a pair of 800kwh 
generators to produce enough electricity to meet more than 90% of the plants energy needs. The 
ultimate goal is to become completely energy neutral.  VVWRA management is leading the way towards 
that goal with continued support of the Waste to Energy program, including a $1.7 million dollar grant 
for a new micro-grid and battery storage system that is expected to be installed in late 2016. The 
planned upgrades will assure a consistent and reliable energy source. This fits with Rule #2 of “Logan’s 
Rule’s” by providing the resources needed to complete the VVWRA mission.  In addition, VVWRA and 
California State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte are co-sponsoring Assembly Bill 1773 in the California 
legislature. AB 1773 will clear current legal barriers so VVWRA can build a solar farm on a portion of its 
440 acre property to offset electricity to be used by a pair of water reclamation plants currently under 
construction. The legislation will further VVWRA’s efforts at becoming 100% energy neutral.   

Another source of resource recovery at VVWRA is water recycling and water reuse.  VVWRA’s main plant 
in Victorville, CA recycles about 10.5 million gallons of water per day. The Title 22 recycled water is 
returned to the Mojave River Basin to help recharge the aquifer. VVWRA’s service area and surrounding 
communities are entirely reliant on groundwater supplies. VVWRA’s water recycling efforts create a 
reliable supplement to the downstream water supply. Recycled water from VVWRA is also used in the 
cooling towers at a nearby power plant. In addition, two water reclamation facilities currently under 
construction in Apple Valley, CA and Hesperia, CA will provide each of those communities with one