Iowa Industries of the Future – Water/Wastewater

Grant# 03S-06
Principal Investigator: Ron Cox
Organization: Center for Industrial Research and Service, Iowa State University
Technical Area: Energy Efficiency

Technical Summary
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources proposes to focus this year’s Iowa Industries of the Future project on water/wastewater processes. Water use and wastewater treatment represent crosscutting issues that affect many different industry sectors and most communities. Industries that have water/wastewater treatment issues can be divided into two categories. Those with their own wastewater treatment facilities and individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and those that discharge into a municipal wastewater treatment system. Discharge from these industries is controlled through an industrial pre-treatment agreement negotiated between the City and the industry. The city is responsible for management and administration of the agreement with the industry. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has in place pretreatment requirements (guidelines) for industries by SIC code. These are considered minimum requirements. Each individual city may choose to set local limits for their industries in order to manage the total concentration and pollutant loads for individual contaminants.

To address water/wastewater in the different industry sectors, the Department proposes to facilitate the formation of a Water/Wastewater Alliance Steering Committee, develop a Water/Wastewater Vision and Roadmap, establish an Iowa Industries of the Future (HOP) State-level Strategy and initiate an IIOF Intern Pilot Program.

The Water/Wastewater Alliance Steering Committee will include companies with strong relationships to water/wastewater processes. The steering committee will be invited to attend workshops that will be held to define an Iowa-aligned vision, set performance targets, create a roadmap for attaining the vision and identify a prioritized agenda. The Department will seek input from other state agencies with energy management as part of their mission statements to develop an HOP State-level Strategy. This year the Department plans to add a new and innovative element to the IOF program that will incorporate and integrate various Best Practices efforts into the SIOF program. Implementing an HOP Intern program will provide actual energy efficiency, waste reduction and pollution prevention measures and results of these measures to interested companies. The intern program will not only deal with quantifiable results but will take into account the human role in effecting environmental change. The program will focus on incorporating BestPractices technologies into water/wastewater processes and on the student’s professional development. This program will encourage these future environmental leaders to
play an important role in promoting long-term sustainability. This will be accomplished through facilitating communication and networking within the cooperative partnership of academia, government, and the private and public sector.

[Note: The Iowa Energy Center is partnering with the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) in a collaborative effort to continue the pursuit of integrating energy efficient technologies within the industries of Iowa. The proposed examination of energy efficient water/wastewater technologies and integration into manufacturing processes crosscuts many Iowa based industries. This effort will complement past Iowa Industries of the Future efforts in the agriculture and food processing industries.]