Wastewater Treatment Plants


Nationally, the energy used by water and wastewater facilities accounts for 35% of the typical U.S. municipal energy budget, with electricity usage accounting for 25-40% of operating budgets for these facilities (NYSERDA, 2008). 

The good news is that there are lots of ways to substantially decrease energy usage in these facilities. SEDAC has analyzed dozens of wastewater treatment facilities, helping them select the most energy-efficient options, both for their pocketbook and for the environment. 

While wastewater treatment plants can benefit from many of the same strategies that make other buildings more efficient (see our Top 10 Energy Savings Tips), this fact sheet focuses on the unique strategies wastewater treatment plants can adopt to save energy and money.