For Immediate Release: September 2, 1998
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



State Loan Helps San Juan Water District
Improve Energy Efficiency



The San Juan Water District is cutting the amount it spends on electricity, thanks to a $100,000 loan from the California Energy Commission.

"Serving 180,000 customers in Orangeville, Citrus Heights, Granite Bay and parts of Folsom and Sacramento, the San Juan Water District has been a long-time advocate of water and energy efficiency," said California Energy Commissioner Robert Laurie. "With this loan, the district can make additional energy improvements that will save almost $13,000 a year on its energy bill."

The water district will replace outdated lighting with energy efficient T-8 fluorescent lamps with electronic ballasts, with compact fluorescent lamps, and with metal halide lamps. Exit signs will be converted to new LED models. Twelve new premium efficient motors will be installed at two pump stations, and two new heat pumps will be used to upgrade the efficiency of the district's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

From the energy savings alone, the water district can repay the loan in less than eight years.

The San Juan District was selected by the Energy Commission as one of its Energy Showcase projects in 1995, one of only 10 water suppliers chosen in the state. "With its dedication to efficiency, San Juan is a model for other water districts to follow," said Laurie. "The Commission is pleased to help them in their ongoing quest for energy efficiency."

Funds for the loan come from the Energy Conservation Assistance Act, designed to reduce energy consumption and cost in public and private nonprofit schools and hospitals, local governments, special districts and public care institutions.

For more information, contact:

Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4989 Shauna Lorance, Assistant General Manager, San Juan Water District, (916) 969-2279



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