6.0 OEPA Contact Hours 


8:00 - 8:30      Registration

8:30 - 9:30      Financial Sustainability of Water and Wastewater Utilities

“Who pays for what? When? Because eventually somebody is going to pay for everything.”

This session will feature a strategic discussion of short and long-term strategies for utility finance which will incorporate utility needs in conjunction with lon- term planning and asset management.  It will examine the relationship between user rates and the ability to cover O&M, repairs, reserves, and future capital replacement.

9:30 - 9:45     Break 

9:45 - 10:45   Personnel requirements for your utility and how to best manage them.

Generally, staffing is the biggest single line item in the budget, with most water and wastewater utilities spending 50 to 65 percent of the operating budget on personnel costs.  This discussion will involve regulatory requirements for system staffing, as well as what is an appropriate level of staff for the various activities of the utility.  The session will discuss how comparative staffing analysis can maximize the efficiency of your utility. 

10:45 - 11:45 Technical and Operational Issues

Technical requirements for monitoring and reporting for water and wastewater systems will be discussed.   Staffing, maintenance, preventative maintenance, contingency planning, vulnerability assessments, emergency response planning and an overview of asset management. and new rules will also be included in the discussion.

11:45- 1:00     Lunch (on your own)

1:00 - 2:00     Information Technology and GIS Advancements

An overview of how GIS can improve efficiency  and effectiveness for operators and managers of small water and wastewater systems will be provided during this session.  The session will include examples of how systems around Ohio are using technology to save money and improve customer service.

2:00 - 2:15     Break

2:15 - 3:15     Shared Services

This discussion will look at how communities can collaborate to effectively solve problems.  This session will look beyond traditional regionalization to ways that systems can truly collaborate to  save money and expand opportunities for their mutual benefit.  RCAP will discuss steps for beginning discussion and tips for moving these discussions forward.

3:15 - 4:15     Best Practices Forum

This session is designed to summarize best practices discussed during this conference and consider ideas that are relevant to systems participating in the sessions.  Also, if participants believe that there are appropriate next steps toward improving the overall sustainability of the utilities represented at the session, these will be developed as action items for follow-up in the future.

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