Tools to Save Money

9:00-3:45  Lunch on your own  8:30 registration   approved for 5.0 OEPA contact hours (3.0 O&M)

This course focuses on the ways a system can save money. Actual examples and case studies will be presented/.


8:30 am    REGISTRAION

9:00 am      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.

10:00 am   BREAK

10:15 am   PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR UTILITY & 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. 

11:15am   ENERGY EFFICIENCIES   Typically, energy is the second largest budget item for a water system, and there are ways to reduce energy and save budget dollars!  This training will focus on the benefits of having a comprehensive energy audit performed at your water facility, along with case studies of actual results of energy audits in Ohio.  We will address simple, “low-hanging fruit”, and provide each of you several ideas to take back with you. Bring your calculators, and be prepared for real-world examples!

12:15 pm  LUNCH (on your own)

1:30 pm   GIS FOR SMALL SYSTEMS   This training is an overview of how a GIS system can improve your system’s overall efficiency and effectiveness, targeting to operators and managers of small water systems.  The training will include real examples of Ohio water systems that are using this technology to save money and improve customer service.

2:30 pm   BREAK

2:45 pm   OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES    How are you performing?  What is your current level of service?  Can you improve?  Should you improve?  This training will address ways to benchmark your facilities, and identify the key-performance indicators that drive your water system.  We will discuss how and where you can enhance your system, while maintaining quality and compliance.

3:45 pm ADJOURN 

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Any questions, contact Community Development Program Assistant at 1-800-775-9767.