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The City of Thousand Oaks' Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant (HCTP) is seen by its City Council and the citizens it serves as a unique community asset. The abstract title, 25.45, is the City's monthly sewer service charge for a single family residence, which reflects the City's pride in its environmental efforts and in this instance celebrating the creation of an environmental and financially sustainable community asset at HCTP.

While the authors recognize that monthly sewer service charges can be affected by system age, topography, varying regulatory requirements, and political priorities, they advocate a monthly sewer service fee that meets outstanding debt requirements, allows for a proper Operations and Maintenance budget, and saves money for the future.

The authors' focus is on HCTP and how energy conservation, facility optimization, and renewable energy generation has dramatically improved plant operations while keeping the monthly sewer service charge stable for the foreseeable future.

Keywords: Conservation; optimization; power purchase agreements; renewable energy generation; sustainability

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2010-01-01

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