Streamline - Winter 2017 - 9

FromThePresident
BY PAM BAUGHMAN, VRWA PRESIDENT

Ammonia-Nitrogen
OVER THE YEARS, I have written many articles about legislative/regulatory efforts. This article will

be specifically written toward the new water quality criteria for Ammonia-Nitrogen (Ammonia-N).
All of us in the business of water and wastewater treatment understand the implementation of new
regulations - some may even call it imposed regulation. These regulations are intended for the protection of public health, of safety and protection of the environment. As a mother and grandmother,
I am grateful to the regulatory agencies for their efforts on behalf of all citizens, those connected to
public utilities and those on individual wells and drain fields.

With your
support, we
can achieve
a tiered
or phased
implementation
process of
the new
water quality
criteria for
Ammonia-N
and put in
place a plan
to manage
financial
impacts to
rural utilities.

New criteria for Ammonia-N are being
proposed for implementation across the
Commonwealth. This means that wastewater
treatment facilities current Ammonia-N effluent
limits, as defined by VPDES Permits, will be
cut in half - this, of course, will depend on some
additional factors, and one is dilution.
My utility has two wastewater treatment facilities. One serves 610 customers and was upgraded
in 2013 to advanced treatment at a cost of around
$14 million dollars. The second facility serves
1,122 customers, and was upgraded in 2013 to
enhanced treatment at a cost of around $6 million dollars. The capital improvement cost to my
utility for an upgrade to meet the new Ammonia
N criteria estimated at $750,000, with annual
operation and maintenance costs estimated at
$53,000 per year. These costs are for one new
regulation.
Simply stated, my utility does not have enough
customers to pay for additional upgrades without
substantially increasing current user rates. Local
leaders are weary of paying for infrastructure
upgrades and are more focused on
other services needed for a growing population, including a growing retirement population.
Several questions beg to be
asked. At what cost do the additional regulations justify the
adverse financial impacts on
small rural utilities? Have we
reached a time when tiered
or phased implementation
of regulations has become
necessary?

On October 24, 2017, one public hearing
was scheduled in Richmond, Virginia for the
Department of Environmental Quality to hear
the public's concerns regarding the proposed
water quality criteria for Ammonia-N. The
Richmond location was not practical or convenient for a large percentage of the membership
of Virginia Rural Water Association. This new
regulation will impact all wastewater facilities
in the Commonwealth. I encourage all wastewater operators and utility managers to request
additional public hearings in writing closer to
your facility.
Provide written comments directly to DEQ.
Written comments are always a good way to
express your concerns regarding any regulation
change or implementation.
The Virginia Association of Municipal
Wastewater Agencies (VAMWA), along with
other groups, is working on legislation to help
reduce and manage the financial impacts on
rural utilities. Please support this legislation
by calling or writing your representative in
the general assembly.
With your support, we can achieve a tiered or
phased implementation process of the new water
quality criteria for Ammonia-N and put a plan
in place to manage financial impacts to rural
utilities. The tiered or phased implementation
process will also allow for maximum benefit of
the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF).
If you need some assistance or guidance with
a letter or how to approach your representative
in the general assembly, please feel free to contact us. Virginia Rural Water Association is here
to help!
www.vrwa.org

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2017

From the President: Ammonia-Nitrogen
From the Executive Director: Your Most Important Tool
VRWA’s 2017 Expo
How to Pass a Certification Test – The First Time
Slips, Trips and Falls – Winter Safety Tips
Looking Forward to Being of Service
Floodplain Management
No Wipes in the Pipes
Going Green?
Need Cash? Check the Meter!
The Rate Setting Results…Are In
Introducing JumpStart – A New App for Operators to Test Their Skills Before Testing!
Throwing My Loop: Christmas Lights on the Barn!
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Intro
Streamline - Winter 2017 - cover1
Streamline - Winter 2017 - cover2
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Streamline - Winter 2017 - From the President: Ammonia-Nitrogen
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 10
Streamline - Winter 2017 - From the Executive Director: Your Most Important Tool
Streamline - Winter 2017 - VRWA’s 2017 Expo
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Streamline - Winter 2017 - 15
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Streamline - Winter 2017 - 17
Streamline - Winter 2017 - How to Pass a Certification Test – The First Time
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 19
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Slips, Trips and Falls – Winter Safety Tips
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Looking Forward to Being of Service
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 22
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Floodplain Management
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 24
Streamline - Winter 2017 - No Wipes in the Pipes
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 26
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Going Green?
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Need Cash? Check the Meter!
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Streamline - Winter 2017 - 30
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 31
Streamline - Winter 2017 - The Rate Setting Results…Are In
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 33
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 34
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Introducing JumpStart – A New App for Operators to Test Their Skills Before Testing!
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 36
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Throwing My Loop: Christmas Lights on the Barn!
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 38
Streamline - Winter 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 40
Streamline - Winter 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
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Streamline - Winter 2017 - VRWA Committees
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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