Imagine a world where every drop of water is respected. That decisions today are made so that life will be even better for future generations. The District has a long standing commitment to sustainability from protecting public health and the environment to managing community resources responsibly and cost effectively. The current sustainability initiatives for the District are listed below.
Currently, the District produces over 30% of its energy through the production of methane gas in the wastewater treatment process. This is a long-term, stable, renewable energy source. The District also seeks to become energy independent and is developing a road map to energy independence. The road map will be completed in 2014.
Energy Baseline and Optimization Roadmap Study
The District is in the midst of developing a white paper that will identify potential local uses for treated effluent.
The District is one of the first wastewater utilities to adopt a struvite harvesting process called Ostara. This process removes a pollutant from the water and turns it into a valuable fertilizer product.
In 2013, the District enrolled in Sustain Dane's MPower Business ChaMpion Program. It is a one year, fully-customizable way to take advantage of dozens of sustainability resources and experts in an effort to reduce waste and energy use, increase employee engagement, and create a healthy, vibrant workplace. The District has several projects and is working to roll out a sustainability strategy that will enable us to achieve measurable results on our campus. Click here to see a few of our employee led projects.
| MPower Green Week - Alternate Transportation Day |
A significant number of District employee’s commute to work by bicycle every day, rain or shine. This year the District competed in the National Bike Commuter Challenge. The team finished in the top 20 in Wisconsin and the top 200 in the nation. The team biked over 17,000 miles in five months. District employee's Jim Post and Laurie Dunn both won the Dane County Challenge and each received new Trek bicycles.
Check out our stats for the 2014 National Bike Challenge!
50 Year Master Plan
The District's 50 Year Master Plan outlines a long term vision for the future of wastewater management. To move toward this vision, the District continues to transform itself and evolve as an organization. Recognizing the need for continual change, the District has participated in two national efforts to bring more specificity to some next steps for evolving the utility industry and to translate them into best practices that can be used here in Madison.
The Water Resources Utility of the Future: A Blueprint for Action, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Research Fund, Water Environment Federation, 2013. Click here to view the PDF.
Moving Toward Sustainability: Water Sector Utility Road map of Effective Practices, United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2013. Click here to view the PDF.