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Marysville employee's effort saves energy, reduces costs for city

Waste Water Treatment Plant worker reduce energy consumption at the plant by working with Snohomish PUD.

 

Christopher Andersson

Marysville city employee Jeff Cobb (left) is given the 'Dare to Soar' award by Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring on Feb. 24 for helping install oxygen probes at the Marysville Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Marysville city employee Jeff Cobb's efforts may be saving the city $60,000 per year, and he was recognized for those efforts during the Feb. 24 city council meeting.

Cobb, the Marysville Waste Water Treatment Plant lead worker and a 16-year employee for the city, helped generate energy savings by installing dissolved oxygen probes at the plant, said Doug Buell, Marysville's public information officer, in a press release.

The probes were part of an Energy Efficiency Rebate Incentive Program with the Snohomish PUD which Cobb applied for in 2013.

At the meeting, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring presented Cobb with the 'Dare to Soar' award, which recognizes innovative efforts by city employees that lead to cost savings for the taxpayers.

Putting the probes into the ponds at the Waste Water Treatment Plant feeds more oxygen into the water, which allows more material to be broken down by aerobic processes (processes that require oxygen).

More aerobic breakdown means less energy is required by the treatment plant and fewer odors are produced, according to Buell.

"This type of innovative thinking and ingenuity deserves recognition due to the significance of the cost savings realized by the city," said Nehring.

Snohomish PUD projects the power savings to be about $60,000 per year.

Because so much power was saved as a result of the probes, Snohomish PUD plans to rebate the city for the entire cost of the probes, said Nehring.

Cobb was nominated by Public Works Superintendent Doug Byde, who ran the Wastewater Treatment Plant for several years previously.

The 'Dare to Soar' was created by Marysville officials as a result of the economic recession that began in 2008. The city wanted to encourage employees to look for ways to reduce costs.

The award "acknowledges exceptional employee performance and innovative ways of conducting the public's business that yields cost savings in the city budget, improves service delivery, increases productivity and is beneficial to our citizens overall," wrote Buell.

 

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