Energy Efficiency


NRWA’s energy efficiency program is designed to promote energy efficient practices in small water and wastewater systems. Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service, the program performs energy assessments, recommends energy-efficient practices and technologies, and provides support in achieving recommendations. Technical support includes assisting with presentations to governing boards, accessing financing, training, and developing documentation.


Participating States

New Mexico
New York
South Carolina



The Pilot Program

The energy efficiency program began July 1, 2014 as a pilot program with State Rural Water Associations implementing the program in six states. During the pilot, a total of 240 energy efficiency assessments were conducted at selected water and wastewater utility systems, identifying a total of $2,615,000 in potential energy savings annually. The assessments will be conducted by staff from State Rural Water Associations with training in energy auditing and experience in delivering training and technical assistance to utilities.  A variety of energy assessment tools and techniques will be used to evaluate potential costs savings resulting from energy efficiency improvements.


Moving Forward

Because energy is one of the largest costs for utilities, the program is expected to have substantial impact on operating costs, financial sustainability, and product affordability. The program will set a goal of at least 10% improvement in energy efficiency and will prioritize assessments toward utilities that serve populations living in poverty.