Energy from Wastewater

Wastewater infrastructure isn’t aging, it is old. Much of it represents a time when energy costs were low and water systems were seen as independent of energy systems. Today we know that wastewater is a resource that contains about 10 times the amount of energy required to treat it. The Wastewater from Energy Focus Group was formed to identify practices and technologies to improve energy efficiency, lower energy use, and produce energy for use in process treatment and utility operations.  With increased energy costs, facilities are now making the case for enhanced primary treatment technologies which have been around for many years, but haven’t seen widespread adoption. This group is collaboratively investigating several energy conservation and recovery technologies to help utilities achieve net-neutrality or energy-positive operations.

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