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What Is A Construction Management at-Risk Project?

With the volume of investment required to maintain and replace our nation’s aging water infrastructure on the rise, Owners are searching for project delivery models that offer improved outcomes and increased delivery speed while also promoting cost efficiency. This has led to an increased focus on collaborative delivery models in which construction personnel are integrated into the design and construction process early, and the contractor is selected based on qualifications, cost, and other non-price factors.

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Topics: CMAR, WDBC Admin.

Demonstration Wetlands Treat and Reuse RO Concentrate

Jim Bays of WDBC Member CH2M Hill provides details of the firm’s collaboration with the Arizona Bureau of Reclamation and the City of Goodyear, Arizona, to implement an innovative approach in treatment wetlands.

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Municipalities Have Many Options in a Public-Private Partnership

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a bit like snowflakes – no two are alike. In fact, for municipalities looking at alternative forms of funding for capital projects, there are a multitude of options that can make any arrangement a custom fit for the particular situation.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, P3.

Water Infrastructure – From Invisible to Invaluable

Concerns regarding the vital and strategic importance of safe drinking water within the United States – both locally and across the country – were underscored at a May 14th panel discussion on “The Value of Water.” Held at the national “Newseum” in Washington, D.C., this program also related the significant role water has with our economy as well as being a critical national security issue.

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Topics: Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

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.