Nanaimo wins TechGREEN award for water system

The City of Nanaimo received a 2012 TechGREEN award for reducing energy consumption in its water supply operations Saturday.

Bruce Joiner, the city’s energy manager, and Bill Sims, Nanaimo’s water resource manager, accepted the award on the city’s behalf as part of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians B.C.’s 24th annual Technology Awards in Vancouver.

Nanaimo was recognized for its new water system that includes energy-generation, which not only powers the system but provides surplus energy back to the B.C. Hydro grid.

The city is also in the process of building a unique gravity-driven water treatment filtration system which eliminates substantial energy costs required to run filtration pumps.

The award also recognized Nanaimo’s installation of LED street lighting, ultraviolet water treatment, for implementing solar power generation and for converting part of its fleet to hybrid and electric vehicles.

The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. distributes three awards annually to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that take a lead in having positive impacts on green living.

Victoria designer Alex Zimmerman and Richmond’s United Lock-Block also received awards.

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