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Moving from ‘Alternative Project Delivery’ to ‘Collaborative-Delivery Solutions’

Engineer’s right, Contractor’s wrong.  Simple as that, right?  Not at all, and it never has been. In recognition of the idea that traditional design-bid-build is NOT always the best plan, the water industry is now embracing collaborative-delivery approaches to an increasingly greater extent. As that continues to happen, the designation of “alternative project delivery” will fade from our engineering lexicon – as it should. In fact, what’s considered “alternative” today is quickly becoming just one of a range delivery solutions that, taken on a project’s merits, may be applicable. Project delivery solutions exist on a continuum, and if there’s one thing for certain, it’s that there is no one-size-fits-all.

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Topics: Arcadis, Collaborative Delivery.

U.S. Congress Poised to Take Action on WIFIA

The U.S. House and Senate are poised to act on water resources legislation that establishes a five-year Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) pilot program, much along the lines that organizations such as WDBC and AWWA have advocated (but with two serious limitations described below). The House will likely pass the bill on Tuesday, May 20, and the Senate will take action soon afterward.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Value of Water Coalition launches Water Works! Campaign

At a panel event on Wednesday, May 14, in Washington, D.C., the Value of Water Coalition announced new efforts to demonstrate the critical role water infrastructure plays in our national economy. The new effort – Water Works! – was kicked off with a panel discussion around the current condition of the nation’s water infrastructure and the growth and opportunity it drives.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Will Our Nation Learn the “Worth of water” Before the Well is Dry?

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ” – Thomas Fuller Mention the infrastructure crisis in America today and the conversation quickly turns to roads and bridges. While the significance of transportation to our country’s economy is undeniable, it may pale in comparison to the economic importance of water resources in the United States.  Perhaps the difficulty in “seeing the crisis” is a consequence of accurately quantifying water’s economic value. The US EPA accurately reports that every sector of the US economy is influenced by water. In their report titled “The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy”, they suggest that “the entire economy directly or indirectly relies on the output of industries for which water is a critical input”. Additionally, the water infrastructure and scarcity crisis is likely to intensify in coming years, and now is indeed the time to sound the alarm!

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Topics: Parsons.

How Effective Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Systems Remove Pathogens

CH2M HILL and the City of Henderson recently completed a study to evaluate pathogen removal efficiencies through a full-scale membrane bioreactor system (MBR) that produces recycled water for the City of Henderson, Nevada. The results of the study show that MBR systems are very efficient for reducing viruses and pathogenic organisms—greatly reducing the need for downstream disinfection treatment.

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Water Design-Build Council Announces New Leadership

On April 28, Norman (Norm) Gadzinski, a vice president with Parsons Environment & Infrastructure (PE&I), a primary business unit of Parsons Corporation, was appointed WDBC President following the resignation of Andrew Albrecht to pursue a career opportunity. WDBC’s bylaws require that officer and board positions must be filled by a representative of the company, which is the legal member. Subsequently, WDBC board members unanimously approved the recommendation of the Executive Committee on April 25 to appoint Gadzinski to fill out the remaining months of the term, and conveyed their sincere appreciation to Albrecht for his valuable work in WDBC over the years.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Project Spotlight: Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

When regulatory limits for E.coli were placed on the wastewater treatment plant for a Midwestern manufacturing company, the company turned to Water Design-Build Council member Black & Veatch, which maintains a long history of assisting with the client’s wastewater treatment needs. While working on a solution to the regulatory issues, Black & Veatch identified the potential for a fast-track, design-build delivery of an alternate process to help meet the tight permit compliance schedule and significantly improve wastewater effluent quality.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Design-Build, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Design-Build Project Delivers High Quality Water for Dania Beach

Prior to 2008, the city of Dania Beach, FL, had exceeded the capacity of its nanofiltration plant on several occasions, requiring the City to purchase water. Additionally, while the City had always complied with increasingly stringent disinfectant byproduct (DBP) rules, monitored DBP levels in the distribution system were higher than the City desired. To meet increased drinking water demands and improve finished water quality, the City partnered with Water Design-Build Council member CDM Smith on a new treatment process based expansion that integrates with the City’s existing 3-mgd lime stabilization water treatment plant.

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Topics: CDM Smith, Design-Build.

New Tool Helps Water Utilities Implement Effective Utility Management

The Water Research Foundation and WDBC member CH2M HILL have teamed up on benchmarking tool for effective utility management. The tool, released earlier this month, will help utilities plan, implement, measure, and monitor organizational performance enhancements against 10 specific attributes of effectively managed utilities.

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Identifying Energy Solutions that Finance Themselves

Is it possible to make energy upgrades to your water or wastewater treatment facility without being hampered by the inability to raise rates or undertake expensive capital improvements? Now it is. Energy Performance Contracting enables utilities seeking to reduce energy costs to use their cost savings to finance their installations and upgrades. As one of the greatest users of energy, water and wastewater plants now have a new, cost-effective option to lower power consumption and reduce their carbon footprint.

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Topics: Contracts, Haskell.