Energy-saving demonstration project launched

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Photo courtesy Veolia: On Wednesday, Sept. 27, a demonstration project was launched at the wastewater treatment plant. Pictured from left: State Sen. Connie Levya, Kevin Barker from the CA Energy Commission, Aaron Kraft (assist general manager for Veolia), Rialto City Utilities Commissioner Jim Shields, and fellow commissioner June Hayes, Ben Chow of BDP EnviroTech, Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson and Eric Li, CEO of BDP EnviroTech.

As California continues to pioneer energy-saving initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases, state and local officials gathered in Rialto last Wednesday, Sept. 27 to witness the launch of one of the country’s most promising technologies under a demonstration project at the City of Rialto’s wastewater treatment plant.

Funded through a $1.56 million grant from the California Energy Commission, BDP EnviroTech will build and operate in partnership with Veolia a new technology developed by BDP designed to provide both substantial improvement in energy and water consumption when compared with traditional wastewater treatment technologies. Veolia operates the City of Rialto’s wastewater treatment plant and its water systems.

“The City of Rialto is proud to host this exciting project and to collaborate with Veolia to explore new ways to save water and energy while remaining compliant with some of the most stringent water quality rules in the country,” said Mayor Deborah Robertson.

“As the global leader in environmental services, Veolia works to improve communities’ water and wastewater operations and provide cost-efficient services. We are excited to work with BDP and share our expertise to realize the full potential of this innovative technology,” said John Gibson, president and COO of Veolia’s Municipal & Commercial business. “We look forward to finding even more ways to help the City of Rialto improve the efficiency of its wastewater treatment facility.”

“The Energy Commission is committed to increasing Energy Commission program benefits in California’s disadvantaged communities, and it is vitally important that we explore new ways to improve efficiency, save water and reduce energy consumption,” said California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. “Demonstration projects like this one could have positive long-term impacts not only for Rialto, but for all of California.”

The demonstration project will utilize easy to maintain aeration technology and an integrated all-in-one bioreactor process that results in 50% savings in energy, land footprint, operations and maintenance, and water use with a capital cost 30% less when compared to existing technologies, said Eric Li, CEO of BDP EnviroTech. The demonstration project will be operated for 12 months before officials evaluate its success.

The demonstration project is coming online at the same time the City of Rialto is undergoing a major upgrade of its wastewater treatment plant. The repairs and improvements are being completed as part of a long-term concession agreement between the City and Rialto Water Services, which is operated by Veolia.

The repairs and upgrades are needed to ensure the plant meets federal water quality discharge requirements for decades to come as well as to meet anticipated increased in treatment capacity.

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