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Using A Management Systems Approach to Achieve Sustainability For Wastewater Utilities

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Abstract:

Increasing population, increasing environmental pressures, aging infrastructure, aging workforce and increasing resistance to taxes require wastewater utilities to be increasingly more efficient and versatile to:



meet their environmental obligations


sustain their infrastructure, and


still meet their obligations to their ratepayers


The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), operators of a 80 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant in Camden, NJ, found that implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) was absolutely essential to meeting both its environmental and financial goals, and obligations. Specifically, the CCMUA's Environmental Management System has enabled it to:



sustain, and optimize, its water quality performance


sustain, and optimize, its air quality performance


sustain, and optimize, its infrastructure


establish, and sustain, rate stability


sustain, and protect, wetlands within Camden County


sustain, and capture, institutional knowledge


sustain, and improve, relationships with regulatory agencies, neighbors and other interested stakeholders


This paper will demonstrate why the CCMUA implemented its Environmental Management System (EMS), provide a description of how the EMS was developed and then explain in detail how the CCMUA's aforementioned environmental and economic sustainability goals were achieved through the EMS.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864708788807565

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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