Water treatment companies face a possible change in their business model.
And they’re hoping to get some help from the federal government.
Read moreAt least 14 water treatment plants in Colorado and Utah are currently operating with solar panels on their roofs, as a way to reduce CO2 emissions and save money.
Those solar panels are not being replaced by more efficient, more energy-efficient equipment, however.
The water treatment companies say their current systems are getting closer to being able to meet federal standards, but there are still some limitations.
Water treatment companies also say that while they’ve seen the economic benefits of the technology, the technology can also pose problems.
For example, they say that their customers don’t have the right to know what is being done to their water and whether the chemicals they are drinking are safe.
But the companies say they’ve found some support in the federal program to support the technology.
The Department of Energy announced on Wednesday that it will provide $250 million in grants to help small and medium-sized businesses and individuals develop and implement sustainable water treatment technology.
In the first half of 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help businesses and individual entrepreneurs with training and technical assistance to develop and deploy a sustainable water-treatment technology.
“The federal government is committed to helping companies that use water treatment technologies to innovate and grow their businesses,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
“This grants will help ensure we have the best possible technology available to help water treatment businesses continue to meet the highest standards for their customers.”
The Water and Wastewater Treatment (WTW) grant will help the businesses in the three states to implement sustainable technologies, said Ken Pritchard, program manager for WTW in Colorado.
“We’re hopeful that this is a way that we can support our businesses as they continue to be competitive in the marketplace.”
The federal grant also includes $10 million for “sustainability projects” that will be used to develop new technologies, such as solar-panel water treatment systems.
The grants are designed to encourage businesses to develop sustainable technologies that can meet the needs of the water treatment business.WTW’s Pritington said the company is working with the state’s water utility, Colorado Water, to help with the program.
“This is an opportunity to partner with a major water utility to help ensure that these new technologies are being used in a safe and environmentally sound manner, he said.
Colorado Water said the state is looking to develop its own sustainability goals, such that it can meet them with its own technology, but Pritart said that the state should focus on helping businesses in Colorado that already have solar-solar technology, as well as others that are interested in solar.