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Edmonds' Wastewater Treatment cuts energy by almost half

Honored at a 'Utility of the Future Today'


Last updated 9/25/2020 at 9:37am

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The City of Edmonds is only one of three in the state, and one of 65 nationally, to be recognized as a "Utility of the Future Today."

The honor recognizes the achievements of water utilities that transition from the traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource recovery center and leader in the overall sustainability and resilience of the communities they serve.

The wastewater treatment plant cleans everything that runs down the sink, tub or toilet, before sending it into Puget Sound.

"The wastewater treatment plant is the single greatest electricity user in the City, so a reduction of energy cost by 45% translates directly to lower rates for the community we serve," said Pamela Randolph, plant manager.

"This project is one of many sustainability projects the Edmonds Public Works Department is committed to."

Adds Phil Williams, Public Works director: "Each year, we measure our performance and challenge ourselves to always do better on our 'Pathway to Sustainability.' And with the City Council's decision to move forward with the carbon recovery project, Edmonds is certainly headed in the right direction."

The Utility of the Future Today program was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The plant will be recognized during a prerecorded awards ceremony Oct. 9.


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