By T.R. Gregg, Director of Business Development & Marketing, Huber Technology
The relationship between the wastewater treatment plant and the community it serves is a delicate one. Unfortunately, politics gets involved because many plant improvements are purchased with municipal bonds. Without the support of the voters, plants could fail to get what they need to serve those very same voters with better services. In some cases, it becomes a catch-22 where community will not vote for the bonds because they aren’t pleased with the service but improvements can’t be made to change that situation because the bonds don’t pass. Innovations can run a similar course if plant leadership isn’t engaged with those in municipal government and on public works boards that can generate support and help get bonds on the ballot to begin with.