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Water and wastewater facilities consume a major portion of the energy used by a community or utility. The consumption is notable because both water and wastewater systems must provide an acceptable level of service continuously–8,760 hours per year. Therefore, the most proactive approach to energy efficiency is to have facility managers learn the basics: how much energy costs, how much they use, where it is consumed, and how they can become aware of energy and manage its consumption to save energy without impacting the level of service they provide to their customers.

To increase energy efficiency in the water and wastewater sector, the State of Wisconsin developed an energy saving program which included program offerings specifically targeted at the water/wastewater industry. The intent of these services and incentives was to identify where energy could be saved within existing facilities, identify other energy saving opportunities, and develop guidance to reduce the energy inefficiencies in new systems as they are developed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2006-01-01

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