NEW Water Annual Report 2016 - Page 5



A Message from the
Executive Director
NEW Water made significant progress in 2016
on several programs focused on serving our
community. The year started with adoption of
a revised strategic plan that clearly established
NEW Water’s vision of “Protecting our most valuable resource, water” and
set goals for: engaging the community and strengthening our workforce;
delivering environmental improvements; and supporting a vital, growing
community. The Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy (R2E2) Project was
in full construction and is on schedule for operation beginning in mid-2018.
The project is expected to generate about half of NEW Water’s electrical and
heating needs, significantly reducing its dependence on purchased energy.
2016 brought another year of 100% permit compliance at NEW Water’s two
treatment facilities, with five years of continuous compliance at the De
Pere Facility and 14 years at the Green Bay Facility. At both facilities, actual
performance is beyond compliance with its permit resulting in cleaner water
returned to the Fox River and the bay of Green Bay.
Adaptive Management was firmly established as a viable method for NEW
Water to partner with the stormwater and agricultural communities to
implement Best Management Practices on land to significantly reduce runoff
of sediment and nutrients into area waterways tying directly into NEW Water’s
vision of protecting Northeast Wisconsin’s most valuable resource. The Silver
Creek Adaptive Management Pilot Project is informing NEW Water of the
costs, benefits, and practices of implementing Adaptive Management on a
larger scale as part of a cost-effective, long-term permit compliance strategy.
In developing its interceptor master plan, NEW Water partnered with its
member communities to understand the capabilities and limitations of the
various components of its interceptor system. The plan allowed NEW Water
to discuss level of service desires and system capabilities with customers
in terms of potential wet weather flows. These discussions are informing
capital project needs for NEW Water.
I hope you enjoy this report and seeing how NEW Water is serving
our community.
Thomas W. Sigmund, P.E.
NEW WATER | 2016 ANNUAL REPORT
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