By DEQ Grants and Loans Program

ASHTON - Upgrades to the City of Ashton drinking water system will save the city almost 174,000kWh of energy and 21,700,000 gallons of water every year, also resulting in annual cost savings of over $35,000. The upgrades were made possible with a low-interest loan from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality State Revolving Fund (SRF). The SRF loan process emphasizes reductions to operations and maintenance costs.

The savings comes from the installation of energy-efficient 'green' options the city chose to fund when upgrading their drinking water system. Substantial cost savings from reduced energy bills will rapidly offset the initial cost difference of the 'green' components. Ashton can expect many subsequent years of continued cost savings due to the installation of energy-efficient and water conserving drinking water technologies.

Investigation required by the SRF’s Green Project Reserve Program revealed opportunities to upgrade Ashton’s drinking water system that would provide water and energy conservation. The city’s consultants recommended replacing malfunctioning water meters with an automatic meter reading system to conserve water and save on treatment and pumping costs, installing a variable frequency drive on an existing pump to ensure operation at optimum speeds thereby minimizing energy, and replacing 12,600 feet of leaking distribution pipe saving over 17,000,000 gallons of treated water each year.

To learn more about grants and loans available to wastewater and drinking water systems, visit our Grants and Loans webpage.