Energy Efficiency in Water/Wastewater Systems
Calendar: Webinar Schedule
Type: Public
Title: Energy Efficiency in Water/Wastewater Systems
Group: National Rural Water Association
Owner: Michael D Harper [National Rural Water Association]
Start: May 18, 2017 02:00 PM America/Eastern
End: May 18, 2017 03:00 PM America/Eastern
Description: As many water utility operators know energy is a huge part of the operation budget and it doesn’t appear to be getting cheaper. The purpose of this webinar is to give water utility operators and management the tools to conduct an energy audit of their facilities. To conduct an energy audit one must understand the importance of documenting a baseline of energy use for the facility and specific equipment, along with how to understand the electric bill. The instructor will discuss numerous energy saving measures that can be completed to save energy and money. The students will learn the math needed to determine what equipment costs to run and use this math to determine approximate savings from an energy saving project. The course will end with an example of how to finance an energy efficient project with the funds saved on energy.

About the Presenter:
Walter Higgins
Environmental Scientist
US Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region
Philadelphia, PA

BS in Agronomy and Environmental Science – Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture (2000)

PA Certified Wastewater Operator Class A, 1, 2, 3 since 2014

Prior to EPA
Approximately 10 years’ experience as a Soil Scientist for Montgomery County Health Department (PA), an Environmental Engineering firm, and an Excavating company. Various duties from public outreach on water quality, to on-lot sewage system site evaluation, designs and installation, and heavy equipment operator.

At EPA – Region 3 (July 2010 to present)
Approximately 4 years’ experience as a Project Officer overseeing Delaware’s Federal Capitalization grant that funds the Delaware Water Pollution Revolving Loan Program. Also, has overseen various grants to local communities for wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water improvement projects.

Lead of the EPA Region 3 Energy and Optimization Team. The team has two main areas of focus:
1. Energy Efficiency outreach to WWTP and DWTP staff and management, and
2. Technical assistance related to process
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