Water System Energy Management
The process of providing clean water to Utah business and residents incurs energy costs to water systems, especially through the motors and pumps used to move surface water in water pipelines. Energy efficiencies among water systems can result in reduced energy costs and more streamlined systems, thus ensuring a more sustainable water supply.
In the summer of 2013, the Office of Energy Development supported the Department of Environmental Quality Division of Drinking Water on a Water System Energy Management training, made possible by a grant by the EPA and a partnership with the Environmental Finance Center Network. Water system operators and managers in the Davis County area received three free one-day training sessions on energy use reduction at their facilities. The workshops were structured in a cohort group format, through which participants were able to benefit from peer-to-peer discussions on best practices and problem solving. Each participant left the training with an Energy Management plan in hand to implement at their drinking water facilities. Statistics will be gathered regarding the energy cost savings resulting from this training.