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Managing Your Collection System through Business Planning – What the City of Aurora, Colorado is Doing to Change how it Manages the Wastewater Collection System

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Historically wastewater collection systems have been managed as a utility through operations, maintenance, and planning – but these are seldom coordinated and managed together as a business. The “business” of the collection system management is to provide an efficient and cost effective system to collect and transport wastewater from its point of origin to its final destination (treatment or other pump facility). The City of Aurora, Colorado has developed a unique approach by building a business plan to help manage their collection system. The business plan provides a pathway to integrate information from many departments into a common data base used to make decisions for planning, capital improvements, and prioritization. This business plan outlines communications, key roles and functions, and identifies overlaps between departments that provide coordination opportunities. By treating collection system management as a business and not just a utility function, the City is able to better provide for expansion and the needs of its customers.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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