Skip to main content

Using Green to Get to Blue: How Alternative Energy Technologies Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Wastewater Treatment

Buy Article:

$17.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Or sign up for a free trial


Water and wastewater treatment facilities typically represent one of the primary consumers of energy in a community. A progressive wastewater utility, the North Conway Water Precinct, reduced its energy costs in an environmentally responsible way by improving the energy efficiency of existing systems and incorporating new alternative energy technologies into its power supply portfolio. The precinct's Alternative Energy Systems project included the installation of 744 solar panels; 16 geothermal wells; heat pumps; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements to reduce reliance on carbon-based energy sources and associated greenhouse gas emissions. This project serves as a model for wastewater facilities seeking to improve the sustainability of plant operations and reduce facility energy costs through the application of green technologies.

Keywords: ARRA; Alternative energy; geothermal wells; heat pumps; solar panels

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-01-01

More about this publication?
  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access.
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free ContentFree content
  • Partial Free ContentPartial Free content
  • New ContentNew content
  • Open Access ContentOpen access content
  • Partial Open Access ContentPartial Open access content
  • Subscribed ContentSubscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed ContentPartial Subscribed content
  • Free Trial ContentFree trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more