The greening of Gwinnett County
Where many pay only lip service to Green initiatives, Gwinnett County near Atlanta Georgia puts its money where its mouth is. Leading from the front is the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources with a water sustainability strategy which is reducing the amount of water used, and at the same time reducing the energy costs and overall carbon footprint of the water distribution system.
Serving a rapidly growing population of more than 800,000 over an area of 437 square miles, the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources near Atlanta Georgia has a production capacity of 225 million gallons a day. All of this supply is from Lake Lanier via the Shoal Creek Filter Plant and the Lanier Filter Plant via 18 pump stations and 17 finished water storage tanks including clearwells.
The system’s significant challenge, shared with other water providers in the region, is allocating a limited long-term water supply among a growing number of users. Challenges by the States of Alabama and Florida to water contractual developments may limit water supply after 2012. Meeting this challenge involves a two pronged strategy: on the one hand, public education and incentive programs encourage water efficient appliances and water use practices; on the other hand, significant focus and investment on building and operating the most efficient storage and distribution network.
In the news | The Derceto Aquadapt installation for Gwinnett County DWR made the local GBC News - December 22, 2009 (YouTube video)
The SWAN Forum UK 2012 was held at the Think Tank in Birmingham on 22nd November.
Q: Does Aquadapt software replace my operators?
A: Definitely not! Aquadapt software is like an Auto Pilot which carries out the millions of calculations required to achieve a good mass balance in your supply system for lowest overall cost. This frees up the operators to concentrate on the daily tasks such as shut-down scheduling, maintenance planning, plant load balancing, water quality testing and any one of the thousand and one unique things that pop up each and every day in a complex real world system.