Across Ireland, drinking water and wastewater systems are facing a series of daunting challenges, such as climate change, increases in throughput requirements, energy cost uncertainty and ageing infrastructure. These challenges can be overcome through more efficient operations, saving operating costs and improving environmental performance.
Many water systems have reduced expenses by implementing changes that require less energy to be consumed. Implementing energy conservation measures, using less expensive alternative energy sources or generating energy on-site are just a few examples of the ways that facilities are saving on their energy bills.
Reducing energy use also benefits the environment by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. Innovative energy conservation practices can result in decreased methane releases or the amount of biosolids generated, among other benefits.