This 3 hour course describes how local governments can improve the energy efficiency of their water and wastewater facilities. The course focuses primarily on three strategies: 1) equipment upgrades, 2) operational modifications, and 3) modifications to facility buildings. In addition, policy mechanisms that some local governments have used to support energy efficiency programs in their operations are described. Investment and financing opportunities, including federal, state, and other programs that may be able to help water and wastewater facilities with information or financial and technical assistance, are presented. The course gives two case studies of water or wastewater facilities that have successfully improved energy efficiency in their operations. Additional examples of successful implementation are provided throughout the guide.
This course was developed from the EPA’s Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series titled "A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs".
As prepared for Titan Coursework this EPA series has been separated into separate courses and may be taken out of sequence, each course independent from another.