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Energy Efficiency in Wastewater Treatment in North America: A WERF Compendium of Best Practices and Case Studies of Novel Approaches

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After manpower, energy is the highest operating cost item for most water and wastewater companies. Over the last decade, energy consumption by the sector has considerably increased as a result of implementation of new technologies to meet new effluent and potable water quality standards. High energy consumption will affect the water industry worldwide and is inextricably linked to the issue of Climate Change. Through its Optimization Challenge program, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) participated in the Global Water Research Coalition's (GWRC) project titled Energy Efficiency in the Water Industry: A Compendium of Best Practices and Case Studies. For this project, WERF served the role of North America practice coordinator, developing a Compendium of best practices in the energy efficient design and operation of water industry assets for this region of the world.

Keywords: Best Practices; Case Studies; Energy Efficiency; WERF; Wastewater Treatment

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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