SBMWD must meet several stringent regulations to ensure the health and safety of the community it serves and to protect the environment. This includes air quality standards for operation of wastewater plants such as the San Bernardino Water Reclamation Plant (WRP).
In partnership with FuelCell Energy, the Department recently commenced operation of a fuel cell facility at the WRP site. The fuel cell allows the SBMWD to continue to beneficially consume methane produced from wastewater treatment digesters in order to produce electricity for the WRP.
As a result, the SBMWD will balance the need to maintain compliance with South Coast Air Quality Management District regulations, perform the wastewater treatment function at the most reasonable cost available, and contribute to cleaner air for the region.