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Success Story - Horicon Well and Wellhouse #5

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Success Story - Horicon Well and Wellhouse #5

With the design of a new wellhouse facility, the City of Horicon has discovered a few ways to reduce their annual energy bills. Many components of the new Wellhouse #5 facility were analyzed to provide the greatest energy efficiency, resulting in both social and environmental benefits. Per Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) requirements, the City of Horicon was designing a new well and wellhouse facility. The WDNR required that the City abandon two of its four existing wells.
MSA assisted the City in obtaining a 50% low interest loan, and a 50% grant from the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Energy efficiency of the Wellhouse #5 facility was greatly improved through the use of a variable frequency drive (VFD), a premium efficiency motor, a large diameter watermain, and a block and block cavity wall. By using a VFD, the City can adjust the pumping rate to the most energy efficient pumping rate. Even though the well pump is designed to have the capacity of 1,200 gpm, an MSA calculation revealed that by operating the well pump at 800 gpm, the City will save an estimated $1,900 per year in electricity costs while still producing the same yearly pumping volume. The City also saved money through the use of a premium efficient motor, a 12-inch diameter watermain instead of an eight-inch watermain, and increased insulation for the wellhouse wall and ceiling.
The wellhouse is located on school property adjacent to the high school athletic fields and offers significant social benefits including:
  • The City and the School District worked out a plan to include public restrooms as part of the wellhouse that will be used during athletic events.
  • The wellhouse architecture blends well with the nearby residential housing.
  • The outdoor generator is enclosed so that its noise will not be a nuisance to the neighbors.

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