When used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning ascribed:
(a) “Award” means an award for an innovative idea to improve WSSC’s operational productivity or sustainability.
(b) “Bench test” means an evaluation of an innovation or research idea that is performed in a simulated environment at WSSC or another research facility. The bench test is usually a smaller scale test than a pilot test. The bench test is used to gather data to support a business case for an innovation or research initiative in order to give the Council additional insight into the value of the initiative.
(c) “Business case” means a justification for a proposed initiative on the basis of its expected monetary benefit to WSSC.
(d) “Employee” means an employee of WSSC.
(e) “General Manager” means the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO) of WSSC.
(f) “Ideas” means an idea for new materials or technologies for water treatment processes, new materials or technologies for wastewater treatment processes, new materials or technologies to improve water and wastewater networks, new materials or technologies to reduce ongoing operational costs in the Production, Utility Services or Engineering and Construction Departments, and new materials or technologies to increase the long term sustainability of the water or sewer networks.
(g) “Initiative” means a strategy intended to improve an operational situation or describe a fresh approach to an identified problem within the Commission based on an idea or product or a group of ideas or products.
(h) “Innovation” means the application of new ideas resulting in increased value to utility customers and/or increased utility productivity or reduced utility costs.
(i) “Innovation and Research Council (Council)” means a group of senior WSSC executives who review, evaluate and approve innovation and research initiatives or proposals and may recommend awards.
(j) “Outside entity” means a customer, vendor or member of the public.
(k) “Pilot” means a test project that will provide data on an innovation or research initiative using WSSC facilities, the water or sewer network, WSSC staff, consultants, contractors or some combination. A pilot project can be used to gather data to support a business case for an innovation or research initiative in order to give the Council additional insight into the value of the initiative.
(l) “Project” means a proposed or planned undertaking to carry out an innovation or research proposal that has been approved by the Innovation Council.
(m) “Proposal” means a written document which describes a plan to improve the sustainability or operations of WSSC and requests expenditure of WSSC funds to implement an innovation or research initiative.
(n) “Vendor” means an outside company who would like WSSC to use their product or idea for an innovation or research initiative or within the water or sewer network. (Document dated May 17, 2017 § III)