Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Alexander Domijan

Second Advisor

Dr. Maysam Pournik

Third Advisor

Dr. Mataz Alcoutlabi


The USDOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) is a program that is designed to help small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities reduce their overall costs and improve energy efficiency. This includes improving potable water treatment plants which supply water throughout the country. This thesis covers the process of how IAC branches and water treatment facilities generally operate, as well as several assessment recommendations that have been developed by a branch of the IAC for several water treatment plants based in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The steps of the assessment and water treatment process are described, and several cost saving measures that were developed are discussed at length. These include updating lighting equipment, utilizing improved components in various machinery, updating fenestration, using novel evaporation preventing devices as well as installing renewable energy devices and other energy efficiency measures all showing millions of dollars in potential savings in total.


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