Watergy Program Complements UN World Water Day
Alliance International Program Cuts Energy and Water Waste
Highlighting the connection between its energy efficiency work and tomorrow’s UN World Water Day, the Alliance to Save Energy notes that its Watergy program has helped deliver clean water to residents of more than 100 cities in 16 developing countries worldwide, simultaneously saving energy and money.
“It takes a lot of energy to pump and treat water – about 2 or 3%of the world’s energy consumption,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “As a result, clean water is often inaccessible in energy-poor countries – and that’s where the Alliance’s Watergy program comes in.”
Domestic Watergy Program Underway
After being implemented around the world since 1997, Watergy has gone stateside in Bucks County, Pa., where local officials have turned to the Alliance to help maximize energy-saving measures to combat rising energy, water and sewer bills. The county anticipates annual savings of 25%, or $400,000.
Delivering Water and Energy Savings
The Alliance coined the term Watergy to describe the strong link between water and energy in municipal water distribution and wastewater treatment systems. The program helps cities realize significant energy, water and monetary savings through measures such as improved pumping systems, leakmanagement, automation of system operations and regular monitoring.
Especially in developing countries, the payoffs – including immediate improvements in water service, increased water delivery, water and energy savings, more revenue for system upgrades and new customer connections – have relatively brief payback periods, ranging from a few months to a few years.
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