Project #1403

WaterWatts: A Modern Look at Wastewater Power-Metering Data

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Lauren Fillmore M.S.
Brown and Caldwell
Energy Optimization


This research investigated the effectiveness of real-world wastewater equipment and control systems in responding to increases and decreases in influent flows, organic loads, and nutrient loads. The analysis was based on a statistical review of daily operating data and electrical data, with a focus on the correlations between blower power consumption and changes in plant influent loads. The report provides an approach to evaluating individual facility energy response to process loading relative to other U.S. treatment facilities and provides energy comparisons at the process level for varying treatment unit processes for use in benchmarking target energy performance. Published by WE&RF. 142 pages. Online PDF. (2017)

This project was a collaborative effort between WERF and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Originally funded as WERF project ENER15C15.