NEW Water

NEW Water

NEW Water was formed December 4, 1931, and is located in Green Bay, WI. NEW Water is a single-purpose government utility that reclaims water and promotes pollution prevention and water conservation.

NEW Water owns and operates two wastewater treatment facilities in Green Bay and De Pere, WI. NEW Water is a wholesale provider of services to 18 municipal customers, serving more than 231,000 residents in a 285-square-mile area. NEW Water collects and treats an average of 38 million gallons a day (mgd) from the Green Bay Facility (30 mgd) and De Pere Facility (8 mgd), removing more than 97 percent of its pollutants.

In 2015, NEW Water began R2E2, or Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy. This new project represents a change in philosophy for NEW Water: valuing waste as a resource to recover, rather than something to dispose. The project replaces NEW Water’s existing solids handling facility and harnesses resource recovery of nutrients and gas for cost savings and environmental benefit. Construction launched in August 2015, with completion expected in 2018.

The design includes two anaerobic digesters that will break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen, and reduce the volume of material to be processed. Methane gas will be captured and used to produce electricity. In the first year of operation, NEW Water’s energy costs are estimated to be reduced by 50%, resulting in an estimated savings of more than $2 million. Greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced by about 22,000 metric tons per year, the equivalent to removing about 15,000 vehicles from the road. R2E2 also features a nutrient recovery process that will create a fertilizer for commercial sale. R2E2 will also allow NEW Water to accept different types of wastes it currently cannot, such as dairy, sugar, and food processing waste, which would otherwise be spread onto nearby fields or land-filled. These wastes can increase digester energy production, and provide a consistent and environmentally friendly disposal outlet.

Mission Statement: Leading water quality improvements for the bay of Green Bay through operational excellence, resource recovery, education, and watershed management.

NEW Water was formed December 4, 1931, and is located in Green Bay, WI. NEW Water is a single-purpose government utility that reclaims water and promotes pollution prevention and water conservation.

Challenge Commitment
34Facilities
Energy Goals
35%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Progress