Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Optimization of Wastewater and Solids Operatiions-Energy Management Studies(ST10740-1)

Water Environment Research Foundation


A letter of agreement (LOA) was signed between WERF and NYSERDA in early 2008 for a project titled “Optimization of Water and Solids Operations – Energy Management Studies.” The LOA identified three subtasks (subtasks 1.1, 1.2, and 1.4). Subtasks 1.1 and 1.2 were completed of the original LOA have been completed. [Note: we decided not to proceed with subtask 1.4 since similar work is currently underway by others.] Part of subtask 1.2 was a workshop for the wastewater treatment staff at NYSDEC and NYSEFC. Following the workshop, these staff asked if a guidance document similar to that presented during the workshop(“Model Guidelines and Standards for Energy Efficiency”) could be developed to specifically address the energy management needs of small wastewater treatment facilities in New York State. There are 605 publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants in NYS; over 500 of these are categorized as “small” facilities. Small facilities are typically resource stressed compared to their larger counterparts (e.g., fewer operating dollars, less staff with fewer skills). Although medium to large facilities use the bulk of the energy associated with the municipal wastewater sector in NYS (total kWh), small facilities use significantly greater energy per gallon treated than larger facilities; and energy constitutes their greatest operating expense. Municipalities who own and operate small facilities cannot typically afford to hire consultants to perform energy management

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Project Description

The project was developed under subtask 1.2.1a, via a revised LOA with WERF, following a statement of work developed in fall 2010. The goal was to develop a guidance document specifically-tailored to small facilities, which was titled: “Small Facilities Model Guidelines and Standard for Energy Efficiency.”


The development of energy-related guidelines and standards specificall for small facilities should facilitate widespread implementation of energy efficiency measures across this sub-sector.

Project Results

Upon Marketing’s approval, the guidance document will be incorporated in to the materials provided by NYSERDA’s Focus on Water and Wastewater contractor.


Water Environment Research Foundation
635 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314

Principle Investigator

Lauren Fillmore

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Information Dissemination

Technologies Types:

Waste Management and Pollution Prevention
Water/Wastewater treatment systems

NYSERDA Contact Information

Kathleen O'Connor


R&D - Environment & Energy Res

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST10740-1

Last Updated: 2/27/2012