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Energy Efficiency for Rural Water Supplies

UVLSRPC Projects

Project Administrator:

Michael McCrory

Project Title:

Energy Efficiency for Rural Water Supplies

Related Services:

Energy, Land Use Planning, Natural Resources, Emergency Management

Project Summary:

Public water systems are diverse in their size, needs and complexity. Significant work has been done influencing large, typically urban water systems that serve larger populations. Rural systems have received less direct attention because of their small size and the perception that improvements will have limited impact in the larger, national energy efficiency initiative. This region contains 35 public water systems serving 46,358 residents. According to the EPA about 20% of the treated drinking water is lost to leakages in existing pipe networks. This is a significant energy efficiency issue because, when leaks are present, the electrical demand of pumping the  water increases  to  meet demand and/or  to maintain adequate operational pressures in the distribution network, in the attempt to compensate for the 20% that is lost. 

The Upper Valley lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission(UVLSRPC), with its project partners, created an educational program for rural water supply operators. The initiative included targeted energy assessments of water treatment plants and a workshop where operators could share knowledge of how systems work and energy efficient solutions for day to day operations. The Commission  also worked with municipal leaders through facilitating joint municipal meetings in the Lake Sunapee watershed to address water supply and energy efficiency issues from the perspective of the municipal leaders.

Lake Sunapee is the drinking water source for nearly 2,100 residents who are part of a community water supply system and hundreds more residents who rely on private wells. It is also one of the sources of the Sugar River which provides back-up drinking water supply in Claremont serving another 9,000 residents.

Additional Information

Funders:

  • US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

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