American Water receives DoE award for energy management programme


The US Department of Energy (DoE) has recognised American Water for its innovative energy management programme.

The nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility has received the 2019 DoE Federal Energy Management Programme award for its energy savings and water reduction initiatives at Fort Belvoir in the state of Virginia.

Since 2016, American Water and the Directorate of Public Works team deployed smart water meters, preventative nitrification testing and a Neutral Output Discharge Elimination System that allowed for closed-loop water flushing.

The programme was implemented in three phases and reduced water consumption by 15% between 2017 and 2018, despite a 6.5% increase in population.

The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognise individuals, groups and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities.

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Military Services Group President Mark McDonough, said: “American Water offers our Department of Defense partners innovative solutions that contribute to environmental sustainability, reduction in energy and water usage, and ultimately, cost savings.

“We thank the Federal Energy Management Programme for recognition of what was truly a team effort, with contributions from American Water’s operations and supply chain groups, to the Fort Belvoir Directorate of Public Works Operation and Maintenance Division, to critical collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health.”