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Title: Illinois American Water Green Initiatives

Illinois American WaterGreen Initiatives
Karla Olson TeasleyPresidentIllinois American
Our Environmental Policy A National Endeavor
  • Established to clearly outline the roles and
    responsibilities of the operating units to
    support making environmental management a
    fundamental part of our business
  • Key points
  • Ensure compliance with all environmental
  • Promote environmental stewardship
  • Ensure efficient use of natural resources

Green Initiatives Encouraged at the National
Level for all American Water Businesses
  • Annual Report is published electronically
  • Energy usage reduced by turning off lights when
    rooms are not occupied
  • Copier set to print double-sided
  • Styrofoam and plastic cups replaced with
    cardboard and use of real glasses and mugs
  • Green IT equipment (laptops and computers)
    being purchased
  • Member of USEPA Climate Leaders program

Climate Leaders
  • Climate Leaders is an EPA industry-government
    partnership that works with companies to develop
    comprehensive climate change strategies
  • Partner companies commit to reducing their impact
    on the global environment by completing a
    corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas
    (GHG) emissions based on a quality management
    system, setting aggressive reduction goals, and
    annually reporting their progress to EPA
  • American Water was accepted into the Climate
    Leaders Partnership on January 19, 2006 and is
    developing its greenhouse gas reduction goals

How Much Electricity Does the Water Industry Use?
  • Drinking water and wastewater consume
  • 3 of domestic electricity1
  • 7 of worldwide electricity
  • 19 of California electricity2
  • Energy is the largest non labor OM cost driver
    For American Water system-wide, approximately 30
    of production related expenses
  • Water utility energy use varies widely from 0.25
    to 3.5 kWh per 1,000 gallons of drinking water
    produced and delivered3
  • The median 50 of water utilities serving
    populations gt10,000 had electricity use between
    1.0 and 2.5 kWh/1,000 gallons3
  • Electric Power Research Institute (Burton 1996)
  • Energy Down the Drain The Hidden Costs of
    Californias Water Supply
  • AwwaRF 91201.Energy Index Development for
    Benchmarking Water and Wastewater Utilities

What are we doing to reduce electrical
Green Initiatives by Illinois American Water
  • Energy Audits
  • Replacing old motors with motors with Variable
    Frequency Drives
  • Investigating the use of methane from landfills
    to provide energy to power intake pumps
  • Using Geothermal HVAC to heat and cool buildings
    (new Champaign Plant)

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED)Champaign Water Treatment Plant
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) The Program
  • LEED is a third-party certification program
    and the nationally accepted benchmark for the
    design, construction and operation of high
    performance green buildings
  • LEED gives building owners and operators the
    tools they need to have an immediate and
    measurable impact on their buildings performance
  • LEED promotes a whole-building approach to
    sustainability by recognizing performance in five
    key areas of human and environmental health
  • sustainable site development,
  • water savings,
  • energy efficiency,
  • materials selection,
  • indoor environmental quality.

LEED (continued)Champaign Water Treatment Plant
  • Geothermal Heating and Cooling (Using the Water
  • Pervious Pavement to reduce storm water run off
  • Native Grass Planting 15-16 of the 40 site
    acres will be planted Summer 2009
  • 80 of the occupied space in the plant will have
    direct sunlight
  • New facility will be zero discharge, discharge
    water will be brought back to the front of the
    plant, including water off the sludge lagoons.
    Sanitary wastes will be treated through an
    on-site septic system
  • Dark sky lighting will be used in the parking
    areas to reduce fugitive light emissions from
    leaving site
  • Recycled materials were used in the new plant
    construction including recycled aggregate and
  • Construction Waste was recycled during the
    building process
  • Bicycle Parking and a dedicated parking spot for
    a hybrid vehicle
  • Water efficient fixtures
  • Variable Frequency Drive Motors to reduce
    electricity consumption

LEED CostsChampaign Water Treatment Plant
  • Additional Design Costs - 103,000
  • Commissioning Study - 5,600
  • Application for LEEDS - 2,950
  • Construction Costs - 400,000 (approximately 1
    of construction costs)

LEED Costs (continued)
  • These costs included the following
  • -Prairie Grass Development
  • -Use of Pervious Pavement
  • -Geothermal Heating
  • -Lighting and Electrical
  • -White Roof Material
  • -Low VOC Paint
  • -Tracking of Recycle Material from site and to

Establishing Native Shortgrass PrairiesEast St.
Louis Water Plant
  • Benefits
  • Reduced Maintenance
  • Increase Biodiversity (attracts wildlife)
  • Carbon Sink
  • Aesthetically Pleasing

Recycling Efforts
  • East St. Louis Water Treatment Plant
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Scrap Metal (ferrous and non-ferrous)
  • Fluorescent Bulbs (using the BulbEater)
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Batteries (rechargeable and dry cell)
  • All Other Districts
  • Various programs

Environmental Management System (EMS) Pontiac
Water Treatment System
  • An EMS is a process in which you identify how
    your business operations impact the environment.
    As a result of identifying these impacts,
    objectives are set to reduce and or eliminate the
  • Implemented in Pontiac, IL in early 2009
  • EMS established to green up the district
  • Environmental Stewardship Objectives Set (to
    name a few)
  • - Eradicate Phragmites (exotic plant)
  • - Recycle Mercury Thermostats
  • - Recycling of materials (paper, steel,
    aluminum, batteries)

Piasa Creek Watershed Project Background
  • 16 million gallons per day water treatment
    facility in Alton, Illinois built to replace 100
    year old facility susceptible to flooding
  • Old plant had site specific exemption as part of
    National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
    (NPDES) for direct discharge of residual solids
    and backwash water to Mississippi
  • IEPA determined that existing site specific
    exemption and NPDES did not apply to the new plant

Piasa Creek Watershed Project Implementation
Plan Benefits
  • 4 million investment in watershed protection
    restoration results in net savings of over 3
    million in capital and operating costs
  • Reduces sediment in watershed two times (6,700
    tons per year) the discharge of the new treatment
    plant by 2010
  • Reduces truck travel over historic, scenic
    byways air pollution landfill space
  • In Piasa watershed reduced erosion and
    pollution, improved water quality, storm water
    control, fish and wildlife habitat, stream bank

Piasa Creek Watershed Project
Boy Scout Camp
Glazebrook Park
Sediment Basin
Piasa Creek Watershed Project Implementation
Plan Benefits
  • For their efforts, Illinois American Water and
    Great Rivers Land Trust won a 2002 Governors
    Pollution Prevention Award from the Illinois
    Department of Natural Resources
  • Practices used Land acquisition, conservation
    easements, wetlands restoration, educational

Projected benefits ahead of schedule and greater
than expected!!
Residuals Management
  • Water and wastewater treatment plant residuals
    beneficially reused rather than sent to landfill.
  • Reduces cost by 10 - 70
  • Conserves landfill capacity
  • Reduces trucking of waste material
  • Agronomic Value
  • Soil Conditioner
  • Reduce Fertilizer Application
  • At ILAW we land apply water treatment residuals
    at Peoria, Streator, and Champaign and land apply
    wastewater residuals at all of our Chicago Metro
    wastewater plants

Residuals Management
Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water
  • Partnership with Illinois Environmental
    Protection Agency (IEPA)
  • ILAW asked to join the Medication Education
    Disposal Solutions Action Committee (MEDS)
  • 1st meeting was held in ILAWs Pontiac District
  • ILAW External Affairs Manager Karen Cotton is
    the Chair of the MEDS Communication and Education
  • Focus of MEDS is to work with IEPA on the proper
    disposal of pharmaceuticals so they do not get
    into our groundwater and water ways
  • Committee is working on developing website where
    citizens can go to find a disposal site for
    their pharmaceuticals

Environmental Grant Program
  • Grant Program was established in 2008
  • A way for ILAW to encourage and support
    Environmental Projects in our districts
  • Last year, a grant was awarded to Tri-County
    Regional Planning Commission for an Illinois
    River Watersheds Public Awareness Program
  • 3,000 was awarded and was used to place
    advertisements in two area newspapers to promote
    the work the commission had completed on the
    local watershed management plan and to promote
    their developed website
  • Applications for the 2009 Grant Program are
    currently being accepted
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