Colorado Rural Water Association (CRWA) was founded in 1980. CRWA is an affiliate of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) headquartered in Duncan Oklahoma. CRWA’s mission is to provide professional training, technical assistance and political representation to rural and small communities as they endeavor to maintain industry standards, regulatory deadlines, and attain multi-level certifications of their water and wastewater operators.
Reporting to the Training and Technical Assistance Supervisor. The primary goal of the Energy Efficiency Circuit Rider is to assist rural and small community water and wastewater utility systems in evaluating their energy needs, consumption and costs. Recommending measures to reduce energy consumption and identifying potential funding sources for improvements.
Tasks and Objectives
Task #1; Identify water and wastewater systems that could benefit the most from becoming more energy efficient. The eligible systems will serve communities with fewer than 10,000 people, as well as rural areas and similar entities qualified to receive USDA Rural Development water and wastewater loans and grants. Systems that serve low-income areas will receive higher priority for the services of this program.
Objective; Prioritize the services of the program toward: the communities with the greatest need: and the systems that have the potential for the greatest energy savings as a percentage of their current energy costs.
Task #2; Conduct a minimum of 30 water and/or wastewater energy efficiency assessments.
Objective; Assist and educate water and wastewater utility systems to: identify their current energy sources and rate structures; and identify the primary energy consuming devices in the system.
Task #3; Educate systems how to understand: their electric company’s billing structure; the current energy demand of the existing equipment; the most cost effective equipment upgrade options; and the funding options available.
Objective: Educate utility systems how to optimize power usage schedules to minimize peak demand usage in the system. Educate utility systems on the opportunities to increase energy efficiency with high efficiency pumps, motors, and enhanced technology controls. Provide information of the return on investment of capital expenditures on energy efficient equipment. Educate and assist utility systems on the funding options available such as internal funding and/or funding through the RUS/NRWA Revolving Loan Fund and other sources.
Conduct on-site energy assessments for rural and small community water and wastewater utility systems and make recommendations to those systems on how to retrofit the equipment and operate the system in the most energy efficient manner.
1. Energy Efficiency Circuit Riders will obtain some certification credential in energy efficiency assessments/audits.
2. Travel extensively throughout the state to conduct a minimum of thirty (30) energy assessments for rural and small community water and wastewater systems.
Quarterly milestone reports for the energy assessments shall be submitted to the NRWA office as follows:
7 assessments completed by end of first quarter
15 assessments completed by end of second quarter
22 assessments completed by end of third quarter
30 assessments completed by end of fourth quarter
3. Utilizes state association knowledge to prioritize systems that could realize the greatest benefit from implementing energy efficiency practices and equipment.
4. Prioritizes energy surveys toward low-income communities, tribal systems and colonies.
5. Evaluates and understands the electrical energy pricing structure of the electric utilities in the state.
6. Utilizes the system specific energy assessment results to assist the utility system in developing an energy efficiency plan for the future.
7. Educates and assists the utility system in evaluating the different funding options available for equipment improvements.
8. Maintains a working relationship with the State Rural Development Office.
9. Accurately completes and submits the required program reporting in the required timeframe.
How to Apply: Visit our website at: https://www.crwa.net. Click on Resources Tab and select Classifieds - Employment
Download the CRWA Job Application or fill in the application
Qualifications: Some water/wastewater, utilities or industry experience with a strong understanding of the processes that take place to move potable water from its source or treatment plant to the distribution system.