Every fiscal year, the ABCWUA Board adopts one-year objectives, which are policy directives used to improve performance levels and meet both short-and long-term goals.
To accomplish this objective, the ABCWUA implemented an improved light-duty program to get employees back on the job safely.
The ABCWUA performance plan uses the survey data as a basis for tracking its performance year to year, and also to compare its performance with that of other utilities in its industry peer group (200 other utilities in the western United States, utilities that serve populations of more than 500,000, and utilities with combined water/waste water operations).
The ABCWUA uses the desired outcomes to create an ongoing discussion with its stakeholders and show why decisions are made in prioritizing and allocating financial resources.
Exhibit 4 shows how the ABCWUA performs in distribution water loss, compared with the industry peer group.
The ABCWUA moved from asking "How many leaks are repaired each year?
To provide additional operating flexibility, ABCWUA
recently created a rate reserve fund - initially funded at $1 million - at the beginning of FY 2008.
ABCWUA was created in 2003 by state statute to assume ownership of the individual city and county water and wastewater systems to ensure a regional focus to water planning in the county.
The New Mexico Legislature recently enacted a statute that clarifies ABCWUA's powers and authorities, making the authority a political subdivision of the state and providing condemnation powers and the ability to issue debt; previously, ABCWUA was administered as a joint agency of the city and county.
8x as ABCWUA reaches it maximum ADS, but outyear estimates through fiscal 2011 are expected to rise to more than 2.
Recognizing the need to restore reserve levels, ABCWUA instituted budgetary measures and reduced pay-as-you-go funding of basic capital needs for fiscal 2006.
Recognizing the need to restore reserve levels, ABCWUA
has instituted budgetary measures and reduced pay-as-you-go funding of basic capital needs for fiscal 2006, which is expected to add around $4.