LED Lowcountry Lights Up Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority

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BJWSA treats and delivers an average of 20 million gallons of drinking water each day to supply more than 150,000 Lowcountry residents. They also collect, treat, and recycle more than 9 million gallons of wastewater each day that are safely returned to the environment. BJWSA ensures environmental integrity through sustainable projects. The Company wanted to further reduce carbon emissions, improve workplace safety, and reduce operating costs.

Together with management we developed a plan to convert all major facilities to energy efficient LED.  Our scope of work included a one-for-one LED retrofit of the LEED Certified Administration Building and  four regional water treatment plants. Lighting solutions included dimmable LED troffers interfaced with occupancy and daylight harvesting controls, high performance LED tubes for maintenance areas, ballast bypass lamps for plant fixtures, and exterior site lighting lamps. 

The finished product is great, going into any facility and NOT seeing a light fixture that requires attention is a WOW factor for the maintenance dept. We can spend our valuable time on more important predictive maintenance tasks knowing we won’t have to worry about failing lamps. The energy savings alone made this a no-brainer and valuable project for all stakeholders. We enjoyed the swift project completion and organization performed by LED Lowcountry.

— Al Legarè of BJWSA, Director of Maintenance & SCADA

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Financial Results

  • Energy Efficiency: +68%

  • Maintenance Efficiency: +100%

  • Ten Year Operating Savings: +$286,526

  • Payback (years): 2.7

Environmental Impact1

  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction: 68%

  • Gases Avoided (kgCO2e): 218,676

  • Urban Forests (acre): 180

  • Fewer Cars on Road: 45

1 Average emission rates per kWh are based upon estimates from eGrid 2012