Bay­field, other Great Lakes cities work to re­duce wa­ter util­ity emis­sions

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion -

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.

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