More Fitting Name

In response to your request for feedback [“What’s In a Name? Or a Title?” TPO, January 2014]: A little over 20 years ago I entered this field after a 20-year career as a U.S. Air Force officer. I didn’t think the term “wastewater plant” was describing the positive aspect of the profession, so in our city I pushed for a change and worked with the team to pick a new name. We decided upon the Fairborn Water Reclamation Center (WRC), and the city manager and council agreed.

It may not be the best name, but it at least put the emphasis on what we actually do — reclaiming “used” water by making it environmentally suitable and putting it back into the environment. We purposely chose “center” instead “facility” because (in our minds at least) “facility” simply emphasizes a building or group of buildings, whereas a “center” emphasizes a place where people think.

When we give tours (some local colleges take classes through our facility), we provide one of two handouts — which one depends on the nature of the group. Each handout includes a mission statement and objectives, which were developed by the WRC team. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.

Finally, we prefer “team” as opposed to “staff” when referring to ourselves, since “team” better describes a group of individuals working together toward a common goal.

Frank Barosky

Fairborn (Ohio) Wastewater Manager

937/754-3075



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