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Title: Water Microgrids: A Primer for Facility Managers

Technical Report ·
DOI:· OSTI ID:1841588

A water microgrid is similar in concept to an energy microgrid, which the U.S. Department of Energy defines as “a local energy grid with control capability, which means it can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously.” Similarly, a water microgrid is a local water system that supplies, treats, and distributes water, with the primary objective to meet mission critical water demands during a disruption of the primary supply. A water microgrid has the capability to operate independently of an existing primary water system and includes a layer of sensing capability that provides the necessary monitoring and controls to operate the water microgrid. A water microgrid may offer a viable solution for a site to address resilience gaps identified through the resilience planning process. For example, a site may not have adequate and redundant water supply to meet mission critical demands with vulnerabilities in the operating systems. A water microgrid provides the ability to island the water system from the primary water supply to satisfy water demand requirements throughout an outage or disruption.

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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States