BRAMPTON, ON. (Mar. 1, 2012) – It started with an indoor water audit and ended with water savings of close to one million litres per day. The indoor audit is part of a rebate program offered by the Region of Peel. TransAlta signed up for the program to decrease water use and lower operating costs.
“In working with TransAlta, there was potential to save a large amount of water,” says Shaun Hewitt, Director of Operations Support. “Their yearly water savings is now equivalent to servicing 2,000 additional homes in Peel.”
TransAlta’s facility in Mississauga produces electricity that is sold to the provincial grid. The plant generates its electricity through two natural gas turbines and one steam turbine. When producing steam, minerals are left behind in the water. These minerals build up and lessen the efficiency of machinery. TransAlta previously sent their water through a demineralizer, which added new water to the process to reduce the overall mineral content.
The Region of Peel worked with TransAlta to implement a more efficient method of dealing with mineral build up by reducing the need to add water to the process. The new system has saved the company the almost one million litres of water per day.
“The amount the company will save on their utility bills, plus the Region’s rebate, means the cost of the system changes will be paid for in only nine months,” adds Hewitt.
The Region of Peel offers the industrial, commercial and institutional sector free water audits in an effort to reduce the peak daily demand for water and protect the environment.
For more information, or to sign up your business for an audit, visit watersmartpeel.ca or call 905-791-7800, ext. 4409.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
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