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Central Arizona Project Digitally Transforms Waste Management Program to Streamline Compliance and Minimize Environmental Impact CASE STUDY: Client Profile Central Arizona Project (CAP) is Arizona's single largest resource for renewable water supplies, serving more than 80% of the state's population. The 336-mile long canal system of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping plants, and pipelines stretches from Lake Havasu to Tucson and brings 1.5 million acre-feet of water from the Colorado River to Central and Southern Arizona every year. CAP enhances the state's economy and quality of life and ensures sustainable growth for current and future populations of Arizonans. The Challenge: A complex spreadsheet system that led to missed deadlines The Environmental department at Central Arizona Project (CAP) strives to ensure compliance, prevent pollution, reduce waste, minimize consumption of resources, and educate, train and motivate employees to work in an environmentally responsible way. The team consists of an Environmental Supervisor, Compliance Specialist, Environmental Programs Specialist and Hazardous Waste Technician. CAP's environmental program includes compliance with various regulations and efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. The Environmental Team is responsible for oversight of hazardous and non-hazardous waste accumulation and disposal, remediation of any material spills and illegal disposal sites, and overseeing and implementing air, water, and waste environmental permits and programs. At any given time, CAP has upwards of 50 active containers to manage across the 336-mile canal, consisting of hazardous and universal waste, bio waste, used oil, non-hazardous waste, Phoenix, Arizona HEADQUARTERS Government INDUSTRY 500 employees OPERATION SCOPE Environmental Management, Waste Management SOLUTIONS e-waste, wire, metals, green waste, and recycled materials. CAP's Environmental department was using Excel spreadsheets and email to track its waste generation, container movement, storage, and disposal across the organization, which was becoming increasingly complex to manage. CAP also relied on spreadsheets to track permit dates, which was ineffective and occasionally led to CAP missing important deadlines. "I can't tell you how many columns and rows we had in those spreadsheets," explains Aaron Welch, Environmental Supervisor at CAP. "With our old process, we missed a few key dates, were not able to do renewals, and we actually had to resubmit permits." A combination of missed deadlines, inability to monitor compliance program requirements, and lack of visibility into corrective action follow through ultimately prompted Aaron to seek out a new way to streamline CAP's environmental and waste management programs.

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