More Than Sunshine

Solar energy provides most of the energy for the Rifle water reclaim plant, while operators’ innovations cut down electricity consumption.
More Than Sunshine
The crew of the Rifle Regional Wastewater Reclamation Plant includes, from left, Trish Manuppella, operator; Roger Schouten, maintenance mechanic; David Gallegos, wastewater supervisor; Pat Lake, operator; and Devin Jameson, lead operator. Not pictured is Marsha McCormick, lab technician.

Since the sun provides much of its energy, the Rifle Regional Wastewater Reclamation Plant finds it doesn’t need much electricity from the utility grid. But that hasn’t kept the staff from looking for ways to save energy: By tweaking plant operations, they have cut energy use by...

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