(Victorville)– – After seven years of perfecting it process of producing high quality methane gas through the treatment process, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) has cut reliance on the purchase and delivery of natural gas almost entirely, saving ratepayers at least $1.5 million to date.
In 2007 operators at VVWRA began working to increase the quality and amount of natural methane produced by the plant’s digesters during the treatment process. At the time the agency was using 100 percent natural gas to power its engines and blowers. Any gas that was produced by the digesters was burned off using a large flare.
After several modifications to the process VVWRA increased its efficiency each year, and is currently operating nearly entirely with gas produced on site through its own treatment process. VVWRA has worked over the past few years to recruit and attract talented and skilled staff with the ability to creatively solve problems and develop efficiencies in the most cost-efficient manner possible.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the work that our team has done in bringing this goal to fruition,” said Logan Olds, VVWRA’s general manager. “This is another example of a project that many agencies would hire a consultant for, but we knew we could complete in-house with our own people.”
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority is an independent agency that is equally governed by leaders from its member agencies, which include Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Oro Grande and Spring Valley Lake.