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Webinar: Regulatory Tripwires: Planning for the Future
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Join us for the first in a series of five free webinars. The topic is "Regulatory Tripwires: Planning for the Future".

 Export to Your Calendar 7/21/2020
When: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: United States
Presenter: Rex Hunt, PE and Rebecca Perez, PE
Contact: Don Broussard

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The case for developing an outstanding utility with regulatory planning will be the focus of this
presentation. Planning for the future of your water or wastewater system is easy. Right? Imagine the
process for a moment. The master planning process involves assembling historical data, modeling the
system, developing planning criteria, and projecting growth over the planning horizon. It requires the
assessing the condition of existing infrastructure, developing a list of needs, and envisioning potential
solutions to meet needs; all of which is ultimately funneled into an effective capital improvements
program and implementation schedule. So, planning is easy. Well, it is except for those pesky trip wires‐
the regulatory ones that you don’t see until it is too late. The ones that wreak havoc on the viability of
the whole plan. But does it have to be that way?

This presentation responds to that question and provides a clear case that careful consideration of
short‐, medium‐, and long‐term regulatory issues can (and will) impact the course of plan
implementation. Regulatory issues associated with water or wastewater master planning are very
different from one another; and both will be examined at this time. For example, the rising concern of
PFAS contamination in drinking water should be considered in master planning for water supply. The
presentation will address the current status of PFAS/PFOS regulation and possible limits and the
potential impact on planning. Likewise, ODEQ’s disinfection byproducts rule and its long‐term impact on
water treatment and distribution system operations is an important aspect of planning. No less critical
to wastewater planning, the impact of the changing focus of regulators issues such as on nutrient and
dissolved salts management in wastewater treatment will be considered in the presentation.
Inclusion of a regulatory outlook in master planning for water or wastewater is crucial to the success of
the plan. Consideration of regulatory issues can simply make the difference between an outstanding
plan that guides the utility far into the future and a mediocre one that just goes on the shelf.