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Energy usage varies from one water and wastewater treatment plant to the next, but one thing is for sure: Energy is required for every aspect of the treatment process, and it’s used 24/7 to keep pumps, motors, and other equipment operating.

Van Meter can conduct no-risk energy audits and suggest changes to improve energy efficiency, which is a great starting point to reduce your plant’s utility bills and environmental impact, and direct those savings to other projects and investments. From LED lighting and lighting controls to geothermal, we’ll get you started on the path to decreased energy usage.

Water and wastewater treatment plants are some of the most energy-intensive facilities owned and operated by local governments, accounting for about 35% of total municipal energy use.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program, however, achieving energy savings of 10% or more is easily achievable in most water and wastewater treatment plants. And Van Meter knows exactly how to make it happen.



Efficiently get lighting to where it’s needed in your water and wastewater treatment plant – even if it’s in a wet or hazardous location. Van Meter has industrial lighting supplies to meet whatever requirement you have. And our lighting specialists are always available to help with lighting design and layout, or to conduct lighting audits and identify ways to reduce lighting energy use.


A large selection of in-stock, efficient power distribution equipment, such as panel boards, transformers, switch gear, and circuit breakers, means that you’re never more than a phone call away from the supplies you need to support your plant’s power distribution system. Increase energy efficiency and ensure uptime by using the best power distribution solutions available.


Voltage dips, sags, swells, under-voltage, and interruptions: Your water and wastewater treatment plant can’t afford any of these problems, which may compromise water quality. With power quality and power factor correction services that improve electrical consumption efficiency and minimize demand charges, Van Meter’s power quality offerings lead to not only reduced utility bills, but also fewer power system losses.


Motors, gearboxes, belts, and bearings are what keep a water and wastewater treatment plant in motion. Van Meter’s comprehensive offering of power transmission solutions meet the needs of the wastewater industry. They resist corrosion and damage from temperature and humidity, can provide energy savings through efficient gearing, and allow for fast failure diagnostics.


By relying on wind or solar to power a water and wastewater treatment facility, you benefit from stable energy pricing, take advantage of free natural resources, and can potentially sell the extra energy you generate back to the utility grid for extra income. Whether your goal is to be an environmental steward or improve your bottom line, Van Meter can answer your questions about renewable energy and help you find the best solution for taking advantage of wind or solar power.

We needed help to create a viable plan to reduce energy usage for our process air blowers — or lose the bid. We might have lost the bid, were it not for a suggestion by Van Meter.
— STEVE M.. Training and Safety Consultant — Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Facility

Facility Management & Construction

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From the cabling system that makes up plant infrastructure to the security solutions that keep your plant protected from threats, Van Meter partners with water and wastewater treatment operators and contractors to provide electrical supply solutions that improve communication, maximize efficiency, ensure safety, maintain uptime, and meet federally regulated standards.

Expert facility management and construction advice and solutions reduce installation and operating costs, saving you money in the long run.

From pumps and flow switches to safety gear, access control, and inventory management, we’ll set you up to productively manage water and wastewater.



Water and wastewater treatment plants benefit from maintenance procedures and schedules for facilities and equipment. Van Meter’s facility maintenance solutions help you reduce downtime and keep your maintenance budget in check. From pumps to flow switches, we’ve got the supplies you need for equipment reliability.


When you’ve got the right industrial tools to work with, you’ve got a solid foundation for completing a wide variety of tasks within your water and wastewater treatment plant. Explain to Van Meter’s experts what you need to do, and they’ll arm you with the supplies you need to get the job done. They’ll also show you the most efficient ways to use your tools to achieve better, faster, more accurate installation and repair.


Parts and equipment can’t be too far away in a water and wastewater treatment facility. They’ll be exactly where you need them when you establish customized onsite inventory management solution:

  • Jobsite trailers stocked with your most commonly used supplies. We’ll check inventory levels, and restock regularly to prevent lengthy trips back to the warehouse.
  • Customized mobile cribs (inventory supply boxes) filled with whatever electrical supplies you specify, and then delivered to wherever they’re needed within your water and wastewater treatment plant.
  • Managing your water and wastewater treatment plant inventory; we’ll organize your supply area and regularly check and replenish stock. We’ll also take care of any repairs or replacement.


Safety is a vital aspect of a successful water and wastewater treatment plant. Van Meter’s selection of safety tools, products, gear, and solutions keep costs and liability down while protecting staff and assets. Our expertise in arc flash prevention and other safety hazards help you reduce jobsite hazards and improve safety outcomes. 


To help you do everything possible to protect against attacks, contamination, and other threats, Van Meter offers a variety of security and access control solutions that limit access to sensitive areas, track sign-ins and sign-outs, and monitor your plant. You need around-the-clock protection, and we’ll help you find the best, most secure solution.


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Working with strict budgets, we provide affordable automation, datacomm, electrical, lighting, and power transmission services for new and aging infrastructures. 

Our technical experts are just a phone call or email away, and ready to help troubleshoot and analyze potential solutions.

From quotes to order placement, Van Meter’s customer support team provides immediate assistance to ensure that your orders are completed exactly as you requested (and on time).



With regional and national reach when it comes to service and price, we can offer large water and wastewater treatment plants with the advantages of working with an extremely large distributor – but without feeling you’re just a number when you need help. We have the supplies and resources to serve water and wastewater treatment plants on a national scale, but offer personal, customized support.


Van Meter’s Technical Support Center is trained to assist water and wastewater treatment facilities with application support, technical troubleshooting, and onsite assistance. If your plant needs training or help that can’t be handled over the phone or in one of our educational offerings, we will customize training sessions featuring hands-on learning and demonstrations for your staff.

Building Intelligence & Networks

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Technology creates efficiency – and it all starts with the network and intelligence capabilities of your water treatment plant.

Integrating technology solutions that control lighting, HVAC, alarms, security, and other building systems can reduce operating expenses, cut down on manual labor requirements, reduce downtime, and improve staff communication. 

Using technology to create productive, safe water and wastewater treatment plants will maximize return on investment. From monitoring and control to reporting and alarming, building intelligence and network solutions quickly provide the data you need.



Van Meter electrical supply not only helps you select and design automation products, but we can also show you how to use automation technology to control everything from electricity flow to the amount of reclaimed water discharged from a water and wastewater treatment plant. Our team of automation experts understands how automation simplifies decision-making and handles hazardous tasks; they’ll find an automation technology solution to streamline processes and keep employees safe.


Controlling and managing a water and wastewater treatment plant requires constant supervision. Van Meter can help you establish a reliable, redundant industrial network that identifies data errors; allows for remote data connection and monitoring; controls pumps, aerators, flow meters, etc.; and prevents downtime. And we’ll ensure that it can withstand the harsh conditions that come along with the water treatment environment.


In water and wastewater treatment plants, wiring and cabling must endure threats of all kinds: humidity, grit, sludge, gas – and the list goes on. Make sure the wire and cable solutions you select are designed and manufactured to stand up to the hazards most common in the water and wastewater industry. A reliable wire and cable system that can withstand harsh conditions supports reliable flow of information and 24/7 operation.

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