Bayfield, other Great Lakes cities work to reduce water utility emissions
ive water utilities around the Great Lakes are competing to reduce pollution by controlling when they consume electricity from the power grid.
Bayfield is one of five cities working to lower mercury and other emissions through the Water Utility Energy Challenge.
The other cities are Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan, North Syracuse, New York, and Highland Park, Illinois.
The cities have been testing new technology that tracks pollution and can indicate what time to pump water when lower-polluting power sources are providing electricity.
Bayfield reduced mercury emissions by 25 percent last year by pumping water at certain times of the day.