Reducing our Carbon Footprint

NEW Water Annual Report 2017 - Page 14

Reducing our Carbon Footprint Reducing Our Carbon Footprint:

Resource

Recovery &

Electrical Energy

Construction of NEW Water’s new solids handling facility, Resource Recovery

and Electrical Energy, or R2E2, continued and was nearing completion. The

project treats what is sent to NEW Water as a resource to be recovered,

rather than a waste to be disposed. Using anaerobic digestion and other

technologies, R2E2 will generate electricity from biogas, and harvest and

reuse heat and nutrients. In 2017, the digester walls were hoisted into place,

panel by panel, 42 of them each weighing 80,000 pounds. Microorganisms

from a nearby facility were brought in to “seed” the digesters, to kick start

the treatment process, which will allow NEW Water to generate approximately

50% of its own electricity, reducing both cost and carbon footprint.

Photo above:

Director of Technical Services Nathan Qualls (center) and Project

Manager Bill Angoli (right) discuss R2E2 with Mark Leland from Green

Bay’s Fox 11 network.

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