Confronting a 143M WWTP Rehabilitation Program or How Do You Eat an Elephant?

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The Niagara Falls Water Board's physical-chemical wastewater treatment plant was recently determined to be in need of rehabilitation work totaling 143 million over a twenty-year period. At an average cost of 7 million per year, the facility needs well exceeded the entire Water Board capital reinvestment spending plan of 5.5 million to 6 million per year. In order to ensure that the most critical plant needs could be addressed with this insufficient funding level, the Water Board retained a consulting firm to assist staff with rehabilitation program planning and management. Successive prioritization work sessions with staff, the master plan consultant, the best practices program consultant, and the rehabilitation program manager produced a hierarchy of rehabilitation tasks. The tasks were then grouped into manageable construction phases. As one phase enters construction the next phase will begin detailed design. Smaller work items that are still important are undertaken as stand-alone jobs. Accomplishing the program is a balance of maintaining a functioning and compliant treatment facility while restoring and upgrading functions for an evolving customer base and a changing utility workforce.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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