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In May 1995, Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) initiated a program to optimize the performance of its existing sewage treatment plants. Joint military and civilian teams using the Comprehensive Performance Evaluation protocol evaluated each plant's operation, design, maintenance, and administration. The evaluations determined the unique combination of performance-limiting factors. Where applicable, Comprehensive Technical Assistance was provided over 9 to 24 months. Workshops, site visits, telephone consultation, special studies and management briefings were used to transfer skills and support staff in improving practices and implementing minor design upgrades. Activities were piloted for the development of a performance maintenance phase to prevent plants from regressing once improved performance was achieved. Program achievements included improved effluent quality, improved accuracy and reliability of reported data, enhanced operational skills, and reduced capital and operating costs. The activities remaining to complete the program are described. The key lessons learned in the developing and implementing this broad-based optimization program are also summarized.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2000-01-01

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