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Thursday, September 15 • 9:00am - 9:45am
A Net Zero Approach: Leveraging the Water-Energy Nexus

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Water and energy are inextricably linked. It requires tremendous amounts of energy to pump, treat, and deliver water and wastewater, and similarly, tremendous volumes of water to produce electricity. Municipal water supply and wastewater treatment systems are among the most energy-intensive facilities owned and operated by local governments, accounting for about 35% of energy used by municipalities. For small communities, these facilities often comprise, by far, the largest portion of their total energy use. Pioneering localities are beginning to leverage this water-energy nexus to simultaneously reduce water, energy, chemical, and other inputs, while reducing cost and enhancing operations. This talk will focus on opportunities presented by a Net Zero approach to water and energy—using water system optimization, water and energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, and sustainability management tools and approaches—to produce significant energy (and carbon), water, and cost savings to municipalities. Case studies drawn from our team’s experiences—including work with the City of Park City, UT—will be used to illustrate the range of possible benefits along with their costs, projected savings, and payback schedules.


Thursday September 15, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
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