WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. — The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has announced the winners of its annual Operational and Design Excellence Awards competition, demonstrating excellence in operations and design, which contribute to the advancement of the water environment industry.
The Industrial Water Quality Achievement Award was presented to Bush Beans Process Water Reclamation Facility located in the Great Smoky Mountains, about 40 miles from Knoxville, Tenn. Designed and built by a joint venture of Brown and Caldwell and Haskell Company, the 2.1 million gallons per day facility treats production process water to a high effluent quality to irrigate more than 900 acres of Bush Brothers & Company-owned agriculture, indicates a release, adding some of the treated water is reused in non-food-contact applications to reduce the demand for source water.
The Project Excellence Award went to the Water Renewal Utility Plan led by the City of Boise’s Water Renewal Services and Brown and Caldwell. The project is the culmination of integrating thousands of pieces of public input, technical evaluations and comprehensive analyses of the regulatory, affordability and environmental implications for the future of how Boise collects, cleans and beneficially reuses over 10 billion gallons of water every year, states a release.
The plan includes strategies to address climate change concerns and regulatory requirements while meeting the water renewal demands of a community expected to grow by 20 per cent over the next 20 years. It also prioritizes capital investment strategies for replacing Boise’s aging water renewal infrastructure and mechanisms to address future capacity needs with community affordability in mind.
The Seneca Water Resource Recovery Facility received the Project Excellence Award for nutrient removal optimizations at the Seneca Water Resource Recovery Facility in Maryland, which demonstrates energy and chemical cost savings projected to be $575,000/year, resulting in decreased carbon footprint and reduced financial burden to customers, indicates a release.
Spearheaded by WSSC Water and Brown and Caldwell, the project relied on advanced aeration control and other operational changes to use the inherent carbon in the influent wastewater more efficiently to continue to meet stringent nutrient limits and help protect Chesapeake Bay.
“Our warmest congratulations go to Bush Brothers & Company, the City of Boise, and WSSC Water for recognition and celebration of their visionary leadership, innovation and environmental stewardship,” said Brown and Caldwell chief technical officer Wendy Broley in a statement. “We appreciate the partnership and collaboration in advancing leading-edge projects that make a difference within the industry and for the communities they serve.”