Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Water Authority unveiled its new green initiatives on Earth Day, highlighting a new southside nonpotable water re-use system, a new solar array, and upgrades to the community’s sewage treatment plant.
“As stewards of our region’s most critical natural resource, the Water Authority takes very seriously its commitment to the environment,” said Mark Sanchez, Executive Director of the Water Authority. “Safeguarding our resources and the environment helps ensure our own futures as a utility as well as the future of our community."
One of the major highlighted initiatives is the $31 million re-use system, where “polished” wastewater for the first time will be used this spring for irrigation of large turf areas on Albuquerque’s southeast side, including Bullhead Memorial Park. It’s just one phase of a larger plan that will see a re-use facility near the Bosque School on the west side that will serve facilities including Mariposa Recreational Complex and Ladera Golf Course.
“The Water Authority’s eventual goal is to save more than a billion gallons of drinking water each year through re-use,” said Water Authority Chairman Art De La Cruz.
Also unveiled for Earth Day was the Water Authority’s new solar array, which is expected to save some $750,000 in energy costs and will produce 10 – 20 percent of the sewage treatment plant’s overall needs. The array was built and financed by SunEdison Utility Solutions, which will sell power from the array back to the Water Authority at a discounted rate.
“It’s another example of how a ‘green’ initiative can make good business sense for everyone,” said Water Authority Vice Chair Rey Garduño.
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Finally, the Water Authority showcased for Earth Day its ongoing effort to update the sewage treatment plant, which is undergoing $250 million in needed rehabilitation to ensure that the plant complies with EPA standards.