Working Toward Greater Efficiency with System Optimization
Drinking water and wastewater facilities use a whopping 35 percent of typical U.S. municipal budgets, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, “electricity use accounts for 25-40 percent of the operating budgets for wastewater utilities and approximately 80 percent of drinking water processing and distribution costs,” according to EPA’s “Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities” report published in 2013, These statistics indicate the pervasive need for system optimization and energy reduction in our water and wastewater facilities.
Pursuing greater efficiencies in water and wastewater treatment isn’t enough; planning and implementing greater energy efficiencies has to be part of the equation as well. McKim & Creed’s engineers work with water and wastewater utilities to balance operational performance and treatment technologies with energy-reducing and system optimization strategies to create resource-efficient, sustainable facilities.