Energy Conservation & Alternative Energy Sources

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Much of the energy consumed in producing Millorganite is used in the massive dryers that operate at temperatures of 800 degrees F.

As part of our commitment to sustainability through improved fuel efficiency, Veolia Water Milwaukee and Wisconsin Clean Cities conducted an Eco-Driving training course for our fleet drivers. Combining classroom and behind-the-wheel training, it provided Veolia Water fleet drivers with the opportunity to learn new sustainable driving behaviors. These will result in increased miles per gallon gas of gas used, fuel savings, and cleaner air from decreased emissions.

Fleet vehicles have been outfitted with a computerized fueling system that tracks vehicle miles, fuel consumption and vehicle hours. The data from the system will be analyzed on an ongoing basis for fuel consumption rates as an indicator of vehicle operations (driving behaviors) and engine condition.

Veolia Water is continuously looking for ways to make the wastewater treatment and Milorganite production processes more energy efficient. A key initiative is a methane gas pipeline from Emerald Park Landfill to the Jones Island water reclamation facility. Methane gas – normally “flared off” into the atmosphere at landfills – could serve as an alternative fuel source for the energy intensive process of producing Milorganite. Burning methane gas to fuel the dryers would not only eliminate that facility’s reliance on natural gas, but it will also decrease the facility’s carbon footprint, and result in significant energy cost savings.