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AECOM Joint Venture Awarded $285.8M Contract by Thames Water

A joint venture involving Water Design-Build Council member AECOM Technology Corporation has been awarded a US$285.8-million contract by Thames Water to rebuild Deephams Sewage Treatment Works, one of London’s largest sewage works facilities.

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Topics: AECOM, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Understanding the True Cost of Water

The British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) featured Bryan Harvey of WDBC member company CH2MHill in two recent broadcast segments on water, one of the world’s most precious natural resources. Bryan shared his perspective on the true cost of water and why it is important for nations and consumers to understand the value of water.

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Topics: Uncategorized.

HDR Expert Authors New Book On Activated Sludge Technologies

One of the key pillars of the Water Design-Build Council’s mission is education, and over the past year, we’ve produced quite a few new educational documents designed to raise awareness of design-build and alternative project delivery methods in the water and wastewater sector. In addition to our own educational content, our members produce a variety of materials relating to best practices. This past November, Joe Cleary, a senior vice president and section manager of engineering design services with WDBC member HDR Inc., co-authored a newly released book: “Activated Sludge Technologies for Treating Industrial Wastewaters – Design and Troubleshooting.” The book is for students, plant operators and engineers seeking knowledge and case studies on recent developments in activated sludge biological treatment.

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Topics: HDR, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Brown & Caldwell Wins Award for Seattle Water Project

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and WDBC member Brown and Caldwell recenty received the Award for Excellence in Innovation from the Water Environment Research Foundation. The award recognizes the team’s work to improve the flood grouting process that has allowed Seattle Public Utilities to cope with frequent wet weather sanitary sewer backups and overflows in the city’s Broadview neighborhood. This project adds a new tool to the infiltration reduction toolbox.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell.

Aging Water Infrastructure: From Out of Sight to Top of Mind

Once buried issues, potentially crippling effects of aging water infrastructure have started to come to the surface. Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates about a quarter-million water main breaks occur across the United States, threatening safe water supplies, causing street and property flooding and creating sinkholes. What’s more, about 75,000 sanitary sewer overflows annually contaminate recreational waters, leading to thousands of illnesses, according to the EPA.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

Developing Procurement Documents for Progressive DB Projects

Through a partnership with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the Water Design-Build Council is pleased to announce a new “Design-Build Done Right” webinar on Developing Procurement Documents for Progressive Design-Build Projects.

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Topics: Progressive Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

Project Spotlight: Charnock Well Field Restoration

The Santa Monica Water Treatment Plant is approximately two miles from the Santa Monica city limits, and is owned by the City. The plant serves a population of 89,736. Through a progressive design-build procurement process, Water Design-Build Council member Black & Veatch was selected as the contractor for a project to provide engineering, design, procurement, construction, and commissioning services for both the Charnock Treatment Unit and the Santa Monica Water Treatment Plant.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Progressive Design-Build.

‘Value of Water’ Campaign Aims to Educate the Public

CH2M HILL joins with Coalition to promote ‘Value of Water’, a new campaign aimed at educating the public on the importance of clean water and investing in our nation’s aging infrastructure

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Project Spotlight: Augusta, Georgia, Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Augusta Utilities Department (AUD) has owned and operated the J.B. Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant since 1976. The facility receives domestic wastewater from the surrounding community, as well as a significant load from 18 major industrial contributors. The plant was originally permitted for a capacity of 46.1 mgd (monthly average), however the influent strength of the wastewater has increased over the years due to additional industrial facilities and a reduction in the inflow and infiltration into the system.

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Topics: Parsons, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Project Spotlight: U.S. Navy Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

The Maryland Department of the Environment began working toward a cleaner Chesapeake Bay by breaking ground to construct an upgrade to the Indian Head Wastewater Treatment Plant. They chose WDBC member Haskell to upgrade and expand their existing .5-mgd sewage treatment plant to reuse quality effluent meeting the requirements of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act.

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Topics: Haskell, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.