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million gallons of recycled water per day. When the new plants come on line in mid-2017, the water will 
be used for above ground irrigation at golf courses, civic centers and parks. 

VVWRA’s efforts in energy efficiency, energy generation, resource recovery and water reuse have 
culminated in a unique project.  Currently the Authority has issued a request for proposals to privatize 
three anaerobic digesters.  The goals are to reuse more of the biogas, that is currently flared, to produce 
renewable carbon neutral power for export to the electrical grid.  Thereby, meeting both onsite 
electrical demand, as well as enabling the export of electrical power.  The equipment will utilize recycled 
water onsite for cooling and the waste heat will be used for drying biosolids and/or producing a liquid 
commercial fertilizer product.  Several private companies have expressed interest in the opportunity to 
co-locate and utilize public infrastructure to process their anaerobically digestible material. 

The organizational culture and managerial direction at VVWRA is key to accomplishing its goals in energy 
efficiency, energy generation, resource recovery and water reuse. VVWRA management has made 
success in these key areas a priority and it begins with “Logan’s Rules”. The VVWRA organizational 
culture has created a team approach to tackling these complex issues and processes. That approach 
helps create an atmosphere where staff is part of the planning and implementation process, which gives 
them ownership in the plants overall achievements.   

 

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   

VVWRA was the first wastewater facility to join the Department of Energy’s Better Plants program. In 
2016, VVWRA won the Better Plants Challenge by reducing energy consumption by 27%. 

VVWRA has been a community partner. Our internship program with Victor Valley College has been a 
tremendous success. 17 current full time employees have gone through the VVC internship program. In 
addition, VVWRA hosts a SCADA mentorship program with students at Granite Hills High School in Apple 
Valley, CA. 

VVWRA has partnered with our local water wholesaler, Mojave Water Agency, state regulator Lahontan 
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Bureau of Reclamation, PG & E, and the Mojave Desert Resource 
Conservation District to develop a watershed permitting process to include nutrient trading. 

Performance Measures & Results