Integration Framework for Municipal Sanitation SystemsEPA Grant Number: U915941
Title: Integration Framework for Municipal Sanitation Systems
Investigators: Rogers, Jeffrey W.
Institution: University of Virginia
EPA Project Officer: Carleton, James N
Project Period: January 1, 2001 through January 1, 2004
Project Amount: $80,791
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (2001) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Academic Fellowships , Economics and Decision Sciences , Fellowship - Environmental Decision Making
The objective of this research project is to develop a framework for the management of municipal sanitation services (potable water supply/treatment, wastewater treatment/disposal and stormwater management) under a single, integrated system for the assurance of the long-term capacity of these services. The premise of this research project is that there are scale economics and opportunities for sufficient efficiency gains to be derived from the leaner administration of a single integrated system and from exploiting the interdependencies between the physical infrastructure and operational processes of the three distinct services.
The approach of this research project is to propose an integrated municipal sanitation system framework that would develop an integrative method for assuring the long-term capacity of the Municipal Sanitation Services on a system, regional, or water basin basis. My approach is similar to the Regional Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management approach developed by Garrick Louis for the evaluation of the 13 Solid Waste Management Systems in the Northeastern United States. My research focuses on the case for integration of the sanitation services (water supply, wastewater/sewage treatment, and solid waste management) and alternative configurations for such integration. I am working with the stakeholders (service providers, regulators, and consumers) to develop a set of metrics for evaluating the performance of the services.
The expected result of this research project is the development of an efficient, effective, responsive, and sustainable infrastructure planning and management (SIPM) strategy. SIPM is the assurance of the infrastructure capacity to meet the expected demand over the long-term by balancing the competing objectives of industry, government, and conservationists for the utilization of regional resources. Infrastructure capacity is assured by the integration of the municipal sanitation services constitutional, organizational, and operational subsystems under a lean management structure.