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System Efficiency and Production: Time for a Change??? BY LUCIAN LINEBERRY, CIRCUIT RIDER #1 THE CAPABILITY OF a system operating at maximum present day production can depend on several factors. These may include items such as: age, engineered design, location, plant equipment, operational schedule, influent/effluent demand, chemical choice and feed and others which may be influenced by individual and/or local situations. Some plant updates made may be in various combinations, while only a single change of operation may be a great improvement for others. The same could also apply in distribution; i.e., larger lines, more valves and meters, automated equipment, etc. Age plays a big role in most cases, bearing in mind the structure capabilities of update changes allowing for stress changes, entry for larger equipment, and environmental specifications, to name a few. Engineered design can be a factor in adapting to improvements, especially in situations where the structure was erected years before and was not drafted for future adaptations. In some cases, if many improvements are considered, new facilities may be a financial alternative. This can also involve the factor of location; is the present facility location not spaced for needed upgrades, demanded influent, environmental requirements, etc.? Again, anticipating present and future distribution changes, should total facility re-location be considered? If adaptable, old equipment - pumps, valves, meters, etc. - can be replaced by more dependable and operational items. Modern plant and distribution options include Scada systems, which monitor operations and allow for faster evaluations of ongoing situations. This can also aid in operational schedules, allowing for personnel to spend time on other improving activities. As residential population, industry, etc., add to system usage, so does influent/effluent demand. This is, in most Photo by permission Town of Pochontas. instances, the main factor for system updates and improvements. Although any change can be a financial "blow," this scenario seems to be a huge shock, but should, in turn, be a plus to future assets. When managed correctly (and yearly, three year, five year, etc.), plans are implemented for rate changes, system updates, i.e., utilities should be considered the income for the local. Chemical changes can sometimes be a simple asset to a big savings for the system. Improved and/or new chemicals can decrease costs by purchase price, fewer chemicals used, less wear on equipment, less possible cleaning time, etc. This, of course, includes that proper pump feed calibration is constantly monitored. Also, each piece of equipment/chemical involved has an optimum setting for maximum use at minimum cost. This setting can be obtained by adjusting feed rates at random situations, i.e., influent turbidities, other chemicals being used simultaneously, etc. Every system should always be researching, financially planning, and considering any changes which could be made for improvements. Water and wastewater systems both should be considered in combination when finances and future changes are implemented. With technology changing daily, again, plans for yearly stages, one, three, five, etc. are a must for financially surviving and keeping a utility operationally beneficial. Updating your system at the present may seem devastating, but it will, in the future, allow you to "see the light at the end of the tunnel." Aid is available in various ways for funding, depending on individual systems and their needs. If more information is desired, please contact me at (c) 276-233-9177 or e-mail THANKS!!! 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2016

From the President: Life’s a Dance
From the Executive Director: Drum Roll Please...
VRWA’s 2016 Conference Highlights
VRWA Says “Until We Meet Again
System Efficiency and Production: Time for a Change???
Confessions of the Chronically Late
OSHA’S Recordkeeping Rule
Revenue and Reasonable Rates
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
Retaining Operators: Is it Really Just About $$?
NRWA Recap
What is WaterPAC?
Note from Myrica Keiser, Executive Director, VRWA
Throwing My Loop: The Secret to Creativity
VRWA Members Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Mail Bag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Summer 2016