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Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant technology wins provincial recognition

August 15, 2013 - 1:51 PM

PENTICTON — Technology at the City of Penticton Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant (AWWTP) received provincial recognition this summer, earning an award in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)’s BC chapter Technology Awards, in the category of Industrial Facilities Energy Use.

“It is great to hear that technology at Penticton’s Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant is being recognized as leading the way for the rest of the province,” said Deputy Mayor Helena Konanz. “The City of Penticton has invested heavily in key infrastructure areas to ensure operations are efficient and sustainable, and innovative technology and design helps us achieve those goals.”

Each year, the ASHRAE Technology awards recognize outstanding achievements by ASHRAE members who have successfully applied innovative building design in the areas of occupant comfort, indoor air quality and energy conservation.

AECOM Canada submitted an entry for its work on the City of Penticton AWWTP, particularly the innovations around using effluent as a heat source for HVAC systems. An extensive upgrade in 2011 not only enhanced the capacity of the system to 27 mega-litres per day, but changed technologies from chlorine disinfection to ultra-violet treatment and greenhouse gas-reducing solids handling processes. The program was deemed as cost effective as well, reducing domestic hot water use and energy consumption.
The overall purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards is to recognize ASHRAE members who design or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data, and highlight technological achievements. These innovations are communicated to other members across the world, fostering best practice models across industry sectors.

Each year, awards are presented in seven categories: Commercial Buildings (new and existing); Institutional Buildings (new and existing); Health Care Facilities (new and existing); Industrial Facilities or Processes (new and existing); Public Assembly (new and existing); Residential (new and existing); Alternative or Renewable Energy Use.
Since 2003, B.C. Chapter members like the City of Penticton have been highly successful in the ASHRAE Region XI and Chapter competitions.

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