Engineers of Ontario
Toronto) honored Hatch Mott MacDonald (Iselin, N.J.) with two Awards of Merit,
one for the King Road Grade Separation project and the other for the Niagara
Tunnel project. The CEO Awards of Merit program applauds projects that enhance
economic, social, and environmental well-being in Ontario and around the globe.
King Road project required separating the road from three Canadian National
Railway mainline tracks. Hatch Mott MacDonald developed an innovative open-cut,
bridge-jacking technique that minimized disruption to the community and
resulted in substantial costs savings for the clients.
The Niagara Tunnel
was bored by the world’s largest hard-rock tunnel boring machine, 140 m (460
ft) below the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Built in a tourist-sensitive
environment, the tunnel has an excavated diameter of 14.4 m (47 ft) — the
height of a four-story building. The project was completed almost 10% under
budget and 9 months ahead of schedule, with half the average provincial rate of
lost-time injuries and zero life-threatening injuries.
— Water for the World™, a joint Borealis Group Inc.
(Vienna) and Borouge (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) corporate social
responsibility program; Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (London); and
the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries — have joined forces to
supply Mukuru Sinai and Korogocho, informal settlements in Kenya near Nairobi,
with improved access to drinking water. This will be achieved through network
design using high-density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) pipes and prepaid water
dispensers to provide water more cost effectively.
to Borealis, using HDPE pipes will reduce the non-revenue water lost due to
leaks and illegal connections that affect Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Co.’s
financial ability to supply informal settlements around the city. The expected
lifetime of these pipes is three times as long as existing pipes and higher
durability results in fewer pipe break, less contamination, fewer leaks, and lower
of Florida’s water management districts
— the Southwest Florida
Water Management District (SWFWMD; Brooksville, Fla.) and the South Florida
Water Management District (SFWMD; West Palm Beach, Fla.) — awarded indefinite
delivery/indefinite quantity contracts to Stanley Consultants (Muscatine,
Consultants will provide district wide professional engineering services
through task orders for up to 5 years. The scope of service includes water
conveyance systems design, permitting, and construction inspection, as well as
work for the SWFWMD includes inspection of several water control structures,
including southwest Florida’s largest water control spillway, as well as
engineering services for a large discharge replacement structure on Lake
Hancock, and construction inspection on several projects.
Consultants also was selected as a subconsultant to Carollo Engineering (Walnut
Creek, Calif.) to provide professional engineering services to SFWMD. The
contract is for a 3-year period with two, 1-year options to renew. Work orders
will be issued on an as-needed basis. Restoration task orders covered by the
work orders could include stormwater treatment areas, flow equalization basins,
reservoirs, and their associated appurtenances.
(Stanford, Calif.) broke ground in March on a facility
that will test promising technologies for recovery of clean water and energy
new facility is a collaborative effort among university water-resource
specialists and faculty researchers from the Stanford Woods Institute for the
Environment and the Stanford-led Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing
the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure.
facility is funded by the university and by a gift from Stanford alumnus
William Codiga and his wife, Cloy. Called the William and Cloy Codiga Resource
Recovery Center at Stanford, the facility’s mission is to accelerate commercial
development of new wastewater technologies by testing at a scale large enough
to demonstrate a process’s effectiveness and to stimulate investment for
full-scale implementation. The center also will test technology that is mobile
and can be deployed at remote locations.
The Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power
(LADWP; Los Angeles) has partnered with
Veolia Environnement (Paris) to review current practices and help implement
industry best practices for the city’s large water meter and fire service line
programs, as well as its chemical procurement activities.
Veolia will use
industry benchmarking techniques to develop cost and operational analyses for
the city’s large meter repair and maintenance program. Large water meters
represent approximately 1% of the total number of meters within the LADWP system,
but account for nearly 20% of the utility’s annual revenue.
competitive request-for-proposal process, LADWP determined Veolia was the best
partner to help the agency continue to increase its efficiency. After an
initial assessment period, Veolia will recommend improvements in the water
meter maintenance program and provide training and implementation support on
the recommendations and best practices LADWP chooses to adopt.
City of Baltimore
awarded SAK Construction LLC (O’Fallon, Mo.) an $18.8
million contract to install more than 18,000 m (59,000 ft) of small-, medium-,
and large-diameter cured-in-place pipe in residential neighborhoods in the
Union Square area of the city. SAK’s Atlantic Division office in Arbutus, Md.,
will oversee the project.
project preplanning has begun, which also requires SAK to rehabilitate
manholes, renovate lateral lines, and complete spot repairs. The assignment,
part of a comprehensive plan the City of Baltimore is implementing to improve
its wastewater system, is scheduled for completion in late 2015.
approximately 3048 linear m (10,000 linear ft) of specially designed, precast,
concrete box culvert and precast pipe for a segment of a $25.8 million emergency
water restoration project designated by the National Resources Conservation
Service. The Cache Water Restoration Project in Cache County, Utah, involved
the reconstruction and improvement of approximately 9.7 km (6 mi) of mostly
open, unlined channels that make up the Logan, Northern, Hyde Park, and
Smithfield canals. The project incorporated new precast pipeline, box culverts,
a section of pressurized pipe, metering systems, turn-outs, head gates, and
improved maintenance access.
project was designed and constructed according to a contracting method called
construction management general contractor, which utilizes an integrated team
approach. This method includes both preconstruction and construction-phase
services. The project team included Cache County, National Resources
Conservation Service (Washington, D.C.), J-U-B Engineers Inc. (Boise, Idaho),
MWH Global (Bloomfield, Colo.), Hansen, Allen & Luce (Midvale, Utah), and
Whitaker Construction Co. (Brigham City, Utah), who all worked in tandem.
Cache Water Restoration Project was spurred by a fatal 2009 landslide that
killed three people living in a home below an irrigation canal. The canal
hugged a steep hillside in Logan, Utah, and the tragedy prompted its total
project was a 3-year process to reconfigure the canals. The revamped Cache
Valley canal system came in under budget and ahead of schedule.
The Berkeley County
Public Service Sewer District
(Martinsburg, W.Va.) executed a contract to
install CleanB™ systems, manufactured by BCR Environmental Corp. (Jacksonville,
Fla.), at four of its water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). The changes
upgraded the WRRFs to Class B biosolids production. The district chose to
install the CleanB™ systems as a lower capital and operating cost alternative
to aerobic digestion.
Located on the
Potomac River, Berkeley County is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the
largest estuary in the U.S. Excess nutrient runoff is a major challenge facing
the bay, and almost three quarters of the its tidal waters are considered
impaired by chemical contaminants. The district currently is undertaking an
ambitious improvement program to reduce nutrient discharge.
Solution will enable the district to reduce its effect on the bay watershed.
When land applied, CleanB™ Class B residuals enable soils to better retain
recent flow monitoring project, conducted by RJN Group Inc.
Ill.), will enable the Urbana & Champaign (Ill.) Sanitary District to
better understand the wet-weather flow conditions in three aging interceptors
and one relief sewer. The project will identify what flows come from upstream
tributary sewer basins. RJN Group is conducting a 90-day flow monitoring
program with flowmeters at four locations. They will measure, record, and
analyze flows to develop a wet-weather inflow/infiltration (I/I) analysis. The
I/I analysis will include inflow peaking factors, regression analysis for
peaking factor prediction, scattergraphs, hydrographs, and capacity analysis.
During the metering
period, RJN also is performing site inspections and routine calibrations. The
district will be able to view the flow monitoring data online throughout the 3
A dry-weather flow
diversion study by RJN immediately preceded this project. The dry-weather
project helped the district determine minimum flow rates at specific locations
within its system.
also is assisting the district to update five permanent flowmeter installations
to current flow meter technology.
The flow monitoring
and I/I analysis was scheduled for completion last month.
(Voorhees, N.J.) and Nashville Metro Water Services
(Nashville, Tenn.)launched a partnership to offer service line protection
programs to an estimated 143,000 residential customers in Davidson County, as
well as portions of Rutherford and Williamson counties in Tennessee. American
Water Resources’ water and sewer line protection programs educate homeowners
about service line responsibility and help protect them from the potentially
high cost of unexpected repairs to service lines.
Metro Water Services issued a request for proposals from qualified providers
for service line protection programs in 2013; American Water Resources was
awarded the contract for the eligible properties in the Nashville area.
(Benicia, Calif.), a solutions-oriented, sustainable
technology company focused on wastewater treatment and resource recovery,
announced the expansion of its El Dorado, Ark., facility. The expansion will be
completed in two phases and will more than double the square footage of the
current 3716-m2 (40,000-ft2) facility manufactures drying
systems to turn Class B biosolids into Class A biosolids.
of the first phase began in late April. The success of this venture can be
accredited to the cooperative efforts of the City of El Dorado, the El Dorado
Economic Development Board, the Union County Industrial Board, the El Dorado
Chamber of Commerce, and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. In 2
years, Therma-Flite should achieve its goal of creating 50 jobs because of the
Village of Ridgewood Biogas Renewable Energy Project
in Ridgewood, N.J., recently received the Renewable Energy Project of the Year
award from the American Biogas Council (ABC; Washington, D.C.).
Ridgewood project won Biogas Project of the Year for its unique characteristics
as the only municipal biogas system that was 100% privately financed and fully
self-sufficient in its energy supply. Renewable energy is produced onsite by
the anaerobic-digestion process that captures methane and converts it to power.
The project lowers the village’s carbon footprint and converts wastes to
valuable resources for local use.
(Omaha, Neb.) is leading the project in partnership with Natural Systems
Utilities (Hillsborough, N.J.)
ABC Awards recognize projects that have a significant effect on the development
of the biogas industry.
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