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ESD Extra: Teamwork at the Heart of ESD’s Capital Improvement Program
We emphasize collaboration at the Environmental Services Department, whether among teams or divisions or when we’re working with partners.
Teamwork is especially important for our $1.4 billion, 10-year Capital Improvement Program at the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. The CIP is a massive, complex project to upgrade the largest advanced wastewater facility in the western United States, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year. The CIP involves multiple City departments, a program consultant and contractors, all of whom must work as a cohesive unit.
ESD Director Kerrie Romanow wrote about teamwork and the CIP in the most recent installment of Utilities Tech Outlook, a publication that covers innovation in the utilities industry. The article explains how the successful collaboration within the CIP started with careful planning and involves robust staff engagement.
The CIP consists of more than 30 projects, the majority of which are currently in design or construction.
The Regional Wastewater Facility treats an average of roughly 105 million gallons of wastewater per day and discharges about 87 million gallons per day of tertiary-treated wastewater into southern San Francisco Bay, which is home to a diverse ecosystem that includes several dozen fish species. The RWF produces approximately 10 million gallons per day of recycled wastewater for industrial and commercial applications.