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Thanks to some help from an Idaho Power program, the City of Pocatello Water Pollution Control (WPC) plant is running a bit cleaner and greener.
Recently, WPC officials received a letter from the company detailing the facility’s accomplishments during the first year of the two-year Wastewater Energy Efficiency Cohort, an Idaho Power Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program offering. Through the company’s program, wastewater operators are shown how to identify and implement energy efficient operational opportunities and ensure that these opportunities continue to be implemented over the long term. Energy monitoring equipment was also installed at the WPC facility.
“We took a look at where and when it was possible to conserve power,” said Jon Herrick, Water Pollution Control Superintendent. “We’ve adjusted our pump times, blower amperages, and a number of other little things to add up to a big savings.”
The letter announced that the facility saved more than 270,000 kWh of electricity in the first year of the cohort, enough to power 22 average Idaho homes. According to the company, the decreased energy consumption will contribute to an annual operational savings of nearly $13,600.
“Going forward, we’ll continue to monitor our power use and look for additional ways we can cut back the plant’s consumption further,” Herrick said.
The project cost just over $4,000 and in addition to the first year savings, the WPC facility received an incentive payment from Idaho Power of a little more than $2,800. The effort has been part of a push by the City’s Public Works Director, Michael Jaglowski, PE, to increase efficiency and reduce costs in all departments that fall under the umbrella of Public Works.
“This is a great example of using technology and partnerships to bring a high level of service for the same or lowered cost,” said Jaglowski.
The City of Pocatello’s Water Pollution Control department treats approximately 7.5 million gallons per day of wastewater from both the City of Pocatello and the City of Chubbuck. Crews are also tasked with maintaining the collection and transport system that includes over 250 miles of sanitary sewer lines and 23 sewer lift and pump stations.
For more information on the Water Pollution Control department and WPC facility, visit pocatello.us/wpc.