The Strategic Goal of Resource Management is designed to maintain a high level of performance on the core mission of protecting the public health and area waterways while pursuing opportunities to recover, reuse, and monetize resources. Strategic Plan metrics are reviewed regularly and updated annually as new data becomes available. Click on the image to enlarge. For additional information on a metric, click the info button icon.
The electricity used is correlated to wastewater flows. As wastewater flows to the Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) increases, energy demand increases. This has a double impact at the WRP in terms of energy demand: the increased wastewater flows require more energy not only to pump higher volumes of wastewater but also to add air to the aeration reactors to meet the treatment goals. Since most of the MWRD’s service area has combined sewers, as precipitation events become more severe, the wastewater volumes to be treated at the WRPs will increase, as will energy demand. Electricity is also tied to processes. The introduction of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan and disinfection increased MWRD’s electricity demand. Regardless, reducing energy consumption is one of the goals of the MWRD’s Strategic Plan.
In 2022, 19% of the MWRD's purchased electricity came from renewable sources.