Innovative microgrid protects Rialto’s wastewater plant and the environment

Rialto once again is at the forefront of innovative solutions to the environmental challenges that confront cities everywhere, this time with a unique combination of solar, biogas and battery storage to help power the city’s wastewater plant. The ambitious project, one of the first of its kind in California, will create a microgrid that will provide electricity to the wastewater facility, and bring greater energy independence, efficiency and resilience to the city. Notably, the microgrid system will be less vulnerable to power outages that could cause the plant to shut down and lead to potential wastewater spills into nearby waterways. The City Council recently approved the project’s second phase, which is to design the microgrid with greater environmental sustainability in mind. “As California and the rest of the country contend with a growing number of natural disasters linked to climate change — including widespread power outages and brownouts caused by heatwaves and wildfires — the resilience offered by a microgrid power source is more important than ever,” said Mayor Deborah Robertson. “We recognize that the time has come to invest and think boldly and creatively…

City of San Bernardino joins annual Challenge for Water Conservation

San Bernardino has joined a friendly competition between cities across the nation to see who can be the most “water-wise” through the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.  Mayor John Valdivia asks residents to conserve water and other natural resources on behalf of the City of San Bernardino through informative and easy-to-use pledges online. In return for participation in the challenge, residents are entered for a chance to win $3,000 toward home utility payments, water-saving fixtures, as well as hundreds of other prizes. Residents can also nominate a local charity to win a 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to serve the community. “The reliability of local water supplies is essential to the advancement and well-being of our beautiful city,” said Mayor Valdivia. “We are at the close of our second consecutive dry winter and the San Bernardino region is trending back into drought levels. It is key that we work together to continue conserving this precious resource.”   The annual challenge, held April 1- 30, is a non-profit community service campaign that encourages residents to make a series of simple pledges to use water more efficiently,…

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