Energy Efficiency Online
Nearly four percent of the nation’s electricity is consumed by water and wastewater facilities, and industry experts are predicting that energy costs are likely to increase 20 percent over the next 15 years. Approximately 30 to 60 percent of the average municipal budget is typically associated with water and wastewater treatment costs. Historically, water and wastewater facilities were designed for peak capacity, with little consideration for operational efficiency. With the fluctuating costs of energy this is at best, difficult to budget, and in bad times a very major expense for the water system. In this workshop we will work to minimize these effects. An energy audit performed by trained and certified personnel specializing in water and wastewater energy use can often uncover potential energy savings of 10 to 50 percent annually. But even a cursory examination done by in-house staff can often result in substantial energy savings.