News | April 5, 2018

Schneider Electric Secures $1.6M Grant For City Of El Centro Wastewater Improvement Project

  • California State Water Resources Control Board grant will be used to improve aeration process efficiency by 29 percent

Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric recently announced it has secured a $1.6M grant to help fund a facility improvement project at the El Centro Wastewater Treatment Plant in Imperial County, California. Representatives from Schneider Electric presented a check to El Centro city officials during a recent City Council meeting to mark this important occasion.

The grant from the California State Water Resources Control Board will be used to install operational and energy efficiency improvements at the city’s wastewater plant, specifically in the aeration process. The project will reduce energy consumption in the plant’s aeration process by 29 percent by installing high efficiency turbo blowers and implementing dissolved oxygen control. Additional equipment and measures will be implemented to improve plant performance and reduce energy and operational costs, including:

  • Installing a new bar screen to collect debris and improve downstream plant processes
  • Replacing emergency generators and converting from diesel to natural gas, which will have an environmental impact equivalent to removing 5.8 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or planting 232 trees
  • Installing a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system at all lift stations to provide monitoring from a central location
  • Rehabilitating aging sewer lines

“The aeration process is the most energy intensive step in the overall wastewater treatment process, and we knew we had work to do to turn our plant into a leader in efficiency,” said Marcela Piedra, El Centro City Manager. “Schneider Electric is a trusted partner that demonstrated they knew our city’s unique needs and the best approach to meet our efficiency and infrastructure goals. We are incredibly grateful for this grant that will enable us to reach new levels of wastewater innovation without burdening our local taxpayers.”

Construction is currently underway and is scheduled to be complete by summer 2019.

“We are proud to help the City of El Centro identify unique funding opportunities and be the city’s design-build partner to manage critical infrastructure projects that will dramatically improve wastewater operations,” said Tammy Fulop, Vice President, Schneider Electric. “At Schneider Electric, we are committed to helping municipalities and special districts in California and beyond achieve their wish lists for infrastructure improvements while driving sustainability initiatives forward, all at no cost to taxpayers.”

“Schneider Electric has been an exceptional partner and resource for El Centro. Their expertise has proven to be invaluable as El Centro looks for every opportunity to become more efficient and environmentally aware,” said Cheryl Viegas Walker, Mayor, City of El Centro.

Over the past 25 years, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented more than 675 energy savings performance contract (ESPC) projects across the nation, saving its clients nearly $2B. This project delivery method helps publicly funded entities make capital improvements through a design-build delivery and offers many long-term benefits such as improved efficiency, operational performance, financial management and environmental protection.

For more information on how Schneider Electric helps municipalities tackle their top priorities with energy and wastewater efficiency, visit

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SOURCE: Schneider Electric