MAWC serves 125,000 customers in a five county region and has three water treatment plants, which can produce over 70 million gallons of water per day.
"All the electricity produced will be used to support pumping operations within a pump station facility located adjacent to the energy recovery vault," says John Ashton, Assistant Manager/Operations of the MAWC. "As far as I am aware, this is the first hydrokinetic installation in a water distribution system in Pennsylvania utilizing a mandated release flows and represents a new way for MAWC to manage electricity costs and lower our carbon footprint."
"This site is one of the many sites assessed in an Energy Recovery Feasibility Study conducted by Rentricity for the MAWC. We are happy that our collaboration with the MAWC led to our first commercial project and look forward to working with the MAWC and other Pennsylvania water systems on new project opportunities," says Frank Bursic, Rentricity's Project Manager & Sales Advisor in Pittsburgh.