Friday, June 10, 2011

PSD, Town awarded energy-efficiency grant

Hilton Head Public Service District (PSD) and the Town of Hilton Head Island have received a $160,000 grant from the State of South Carolina for the installation of energy-saving equipment at the PSD’s Reclaimed Water Plant on Oak Park Drive. The funds were awarded through the State Office of Local Government’s Water & Sewer Energy Efficiency grant program. The PSD and Town jointly applied for the grant.

“This grant award is a great example of the partnership between the PSD and the Town benefitting our mutual customers – the residents and businesses of Hilton Head Island,” said PSD General Manager Richard Cyr.

The grant will pay for the installation of a dissolved oxygen control system for use in the aeration component of the wastewater treatment process at the PSD’s Reclaimed Water Plant. The system will regulate aeration based on the concentration of oxygen in the wastewater stream, resulting in energy savings of 270,000 kilowatt hours a year. The system will lower energy usage in the wastewater treatment process by approximately 20 percent a year, along with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 194 tons of CO2 equivalents a year.

The PSD’s Reclaimed Water Plant has a capacity to treat 6.4 million gallons of wastewater a day. The PSD annually recycles more than 1 billion gallons of highly-treated wastewater into reclaimed water for use in golf course irrigation and wetlands nourishment.

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