#Sustainnovation saves energy in the wastewater world

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Cocoa Beach Water Reclamation Facility

Water and wastewater treatment consumes approximately 35% of the energy used by municipalities in the U.S. according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). It makes sense when you think about all the pumps, blowers, electrical equipment, and the heavy machinery used to clean our water. This high level of energy use makes sustainable innovations in the wastewater world increasingly important.

When it comes to energy consumption in the water treatment industry, sustainable innovation is thriving. The Gresham, Oregon Wastewater Treatment Plant has achieved net zero energy consumption by converting sludge into biogas. The East Bay Municipal Utility District Wastewater Treatment Plant has achieved net positive energy usage by collecting food scraps, grease from local restaurants and waste streams from local farms for conversion to biogas.

Mead & Hunt is committed to remaining on the cutting edge of sustainable wastewater treatment, as evidenced by our work at the City of Cocoa Beach Water Reclamation Facility. The facility uses highly efficient media for bacteria growth and a solar-powered sludge dryer. This design has resulted in a 13% reduction in annual power consumption at the facility.

As consultants, we want to provide our clients with sustainable solutions with a high return on investment. By implementing energy-saving designs, we save our clients’ money over time while reducing the environmental impact of their treatment facilities, roads, airports and buildings. We are committed to building a more sustainable future for our clients and our communities.


Allison Lukens

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Allison Lukens is passionate about innovative design in wastewater treatment. She believes that any project can benefit from implementing more sustainable practices. In her time outside the wastewater industry, Allison enjoys yoga and playing piano.

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