Shifting from Disposal to Sustainable Resource Based Strategies – Implementing Lott’s Wastewater Resource Management Plan
This paper discusses implementation of the LOTT Wastewater Resource Management Plan (Brown and Caldwell, 1998) from planning through finance and operation of the first capital facilities for recycling the water. In 1995, Brown and Caldwell was selected to assist with the development and implementation of a comprehensive wastewater management plan for north Thurston County in Washington state. The resulting program offers sustainable recycling opportunities integrated with a system-wide discharge capacity strategy. Critical elements for success of the LOTT program were developing facility, financial, AND administrative infrastructure aligned with the system discharge capacity strategy and establishing an environmental documentation and permitting framework to expedite implementation of future facilities.