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.

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In the news |  The Derceto Aquadapt installation for Gwinnett County DWR made the local GBC News - December 22, 2009 (YouTube video) 

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Q: We have some large pumps, how many starts per day will be scheduled?

Dec 05 2010

A: Aquadapt software schedules pumps within modifiable criteria. This can include restricting the number of starts per day or even the time slots when starts are permissible; to align to shift changes for example. We can even work out the cost impact of reduced starts so you can evaluate the cost benefit of allowing more starts per day versus expected maintenance costs.

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