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BRAVE NEW WORLD: INNOVATIVE,
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO MODERN
Bringing Water to the Draught-Stricken West
As California watched 2022 come to a close, another year of drought
resulted in further recession of our lakes and rivers. The need for
alternative water sources has never been more essential to our way
of life. Given that most of the state is made up of desert, even in years
where rainfall is heavier, most California cities rely on imported water to
keep our homes and businesses running.
As local water sources dry up, increasing demand for imported water
Anaergia - Rialto Bioenergy Facility,
is not only driving up costs but taxing the delicate ecosystems of the
lakes and rivers that are supplying us with water. Further harming our
environment, the transfer and pumping required to deliver the water
calls for the use of fossil fuels, which are also expensive and in short supply.
Our industry’s answer to this challenge is Advanced Water Purification, also known as Advanced Wastewater Treatment. Using four advanced water
purification steps, this process turns wastewater into clean recycled water, with the end product being potable water so clean that it is near-distilled
With one of California’s largest advanced wastewater treatment plants being built by W. M. Lyles Co., we continue to support leading the way for
more projects of its kind. The East County Advanced Water Purification Facility will bring much-needed water to East County San Diego, cutting
their reliance on imported water and satisfying 30% of East County’s drinking water demand, while eliminating 15 million gallons/day of wastewater
discharge into the Pacific Ocean.
Alternative Energy Solution
On November 16th, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom released a bold plan that would make California a carbon-neutral state by 2045. This plan
includes a goal of cutting air pollution by 71% and greenhouse gasses by 85% within the next 22 years. California’s place as a global leader in
environmental stewardship began well before this commitment and WML has enjoyed many of the resulting business opportunities that have come
from our home state’s encouragement of sustainable energy sources. Our business development team has established important waste-to-energy
partnerships and continues to find ways to stay ahead of upcoming technologies to get in on the ground floor and help shape the evolving waste-toenergy market in a way that not only benefits Lyles Construction Group, but society as a whole.
As energy stores are being depleted and prices for fueling our modern lifestyle are on the rise, at no time in history has finding sustainable, viable,
and reliable energy ever been more vital to our way of life. Thanks to the outside-the-box thinking of a few engineers and scientists, mankind now
has a two-fold solution in waste-to-energy. A waste-to-energy plant is generally a waste management plant or an addition to a wastewater facility that
combusts or digests waste to produce electrical power. This is sometimes called energy recovery or resource recovery.
Although these plants are lauded for what they produce, what makes them special is what they remove from the waste stream. With the ability to
create natural gas, which can be used as fuel or to produce electricity, they reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to power the facilities they are part of
to put back onto the local energy grid. In addition to reducing our need for fossil fuels, the fact that these useful byproducts come from waste in turn
reduces strain on our growing landfills or wastewater treatment infrastructure.
With Stan Simmons championing our efforts to be at the forefront of this promising market, Lyles has completed 9 waste-to-energy plants since
2015, including the Anaergia Rialto Bioenergy Facility (RBF). This $98M design-build project is the largest of its kind in North America. RBF is
designed to divert up to 300,000 tons per year of organic waste derived from local households and biosolids from municipal wastewater treatment
plants, resulting in the production of up to 985,000 MMBTU of renewable natural gas each year.
Our business development teams continue to capitalize on prior success in both Advanced Water Treatment and Waste-to-Energy markets to build
relationships with existing and future clients and design partners to secure our future and uphold our reputation as a sustainable solution leader.
In addition to our involvement with Anaergia, our leadership team is exploring other high value biocarbon bioenergy technologies that will come to
fruition in the near future. As a company, we are proud to be at the cutting edge of sustainable energy technology and will continue to contribute to
creating a carbon neutral future for California.