Honeywell To Reduce Energy Use And Costs For Puerto Rico Aqueduct And Sewer Authority

 Honeywell To Reduce Energy Use And Costs For Puerto Rico Aqueduct And Sewer

Treatment Plant Upgrades Will Modernize Infrastructure, Improve Efficiency and
Create Jobs at North America's Largest Water Utility

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, March 21, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today
announced an agreement to upgrade wastewater treatment plants for the Puerto
Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA), the largest water and wastewater
utility in North America, serving more than 97 percent of Puerto Rico's
businesses and 3.7 million residents.


The energy-savings program will start with $16.3 million in improvements at
treatment plants in Barceloneta and Caguas, Puerto Rico. This includes
installing advanced process controls, new blowers and diffusers, and other
high-efficiency equipment — work that is guaranteed to save the authority
almost $2.7 million in annual energy and operating costs. In addition to the
equipment upgrades, Honeywell will provide ongoing service and maintenance to
help ensure the new technology operates effectively.

The enhancements are expected to cut energy use at the Barceloneta plant in
half and the Caguas plant by nearly 30 percent. Combined, PRASA will reduce
its electricity consumption by an estimated 9.3 million kilowatt-hours
annually, enough energy to power more than 790 homes on average. It will also
trim carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 6,100 metric tons each year.
This is equivalent to removing almost 1,200 cars from the road, per estimates
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Honeywell is auditing five other PRASA sites to identify opportunities to cut
energy consumption and costs, which could deliver more than $3 million in
additional savings per year. The authority will use the savings from the
program, which are guaranteed through 10-year performance contracts with
Honeywell, to pay for the upgrades. As a result, PRASA should be able to
modernize its operations without increasing budgets.

"In an area where electricity costs are high and energy use comes at a
premium, improving efficiency is a top priority," said PRASA President Alberto
Lázaro. "Working with Honeywell will significantly enhance our plants and
ability to manage consumption."

The program is also expected to create jobs for local contractors, which
Honeywell plans to hire to complete many of the upgrades. According to figures
from the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the initial
projects have the potential to create or sustain more than 150 high-paying
jobs for the businesses involved.

"Scaling back energy use and increasing efficiency at the plant level improves
service quality and enables greater flexibility," said Paul Orzeske, president
of Honeywell Building Solutions. "By focusing on modernizing its
infrastructure and equipment, it is clear Puerto Rico is committed to
providing superior water and wastewater treatment to its residents in a
fiscally and environmentally responsible way."

As part of the first phase of improvements, Honeywell will rebuild the
aeration and aerobic digestion systems at both the Barceloneta and Caguas
plants by installing advanced controls, and energy-efficient blowers and
diffusers. Additional changes include replacing old water pumps, transformers
and lighting.

Honeywell will also improve the efficiency of the sludge removal systems at
the facilities, which treat more than 20 million gallons of water a day,
increasing the amount of waste captured and minimizing disposal costs.

Honeywell expects to complete the upgrades by early 2014, and will begin work
at the other sites as soon as the audits and conservation measures are

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