EFFICIENCY

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Since first being formed in 1998, WRCRWA’s mission includes, “Plan, construct and operate a cost-effective regional wastewater reclamation treatment and collection system.” One of the primary goals in the recent 14 Million Gallons per Day Plant Expansion Project was to reduce operating costs, while also improving overall plant performance. WRCRWA’s design team worked closely with Southern California Edison (SCE) and their Savings by Design program to achieve this goal.

The Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority Treatment Plant is home to a 5,000 panel solar power system that generates electricity equivalent to powering more than 200 homes annually. Solar power systems reduce operating costs, keep rates as low as possible, and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated by conventional electricity use.

Overall, the WRCRWA Treatment Plant is expected to use approximately 9 million kWh less electricity per year due to the implementation of efficiency measure.  This translates into an approximately $1 million dollars, per year, energy cost savings.