Global Water Intelligence hosted its annual Global Water Summit in Athens, Greece, April 27-28—bringing together international water leaders to discuss the water value revolution. The 2015 Global Water Awards were awarded in conjunction with the Summit.

By: Peter Nicol, CH2M Global Managing Director for Public and Private Sector Water Business

This week, I had the pleasure of attending the Global Water Summit in Athens, Greece. In its 9th year, the Summit is hosted by Global Water Intelligence and brings together water leaders from across the world to network and discuss the future of the water business. The theme of this year’s event—The Water Value Revolution—encouraged participants to determine water’s key role in the future of sustainable economic growth.

Each year, as part of the conference, GWI presents Global Water Awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements that were made in the international water industry the prior year. The Global Water Awards ceremony is something participants look forward to, and I am pleased to share that two of our firm’s projects received prestigious industry awards, which were presented by Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004).

On behalf of CH2M and our project teams, I would like to congratulate our two clients, who received recognition, including one of our Canadian clients, the Region of Peel, as well as our Australian client, Hunter Water.

The Region of Peel’s Lakeview Water Treatment Plant, located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was named the Water Project of the Year for its 400,000 m3/d phase 2 expansion project (known as OBM2), which is part of a 12-year, $450 million capital improvement program. OBM2 treats water from Lake Ontario using ozone, biologically active carbon contactors, ultraviolet disinfection and membrane ultrafiltration.

CH2M designed, permitted and commissioned the expansion project on behalf of the Region of Peel, who was recognized for the innovative deployment of one of the world’s largest integrated ozone, biological contactors, and membrane facilities. For more than 60 years, the Region has been a pioneer in infrastructure planning, proactively accommodating significant growth in its service population.

Designed with sustainability in mind, Lakeview’s reduced footprint allowed for the preservation of green spaces and the continued use of public recreational fields. The plant avoids coagulation and allows 95% of process residuals to be returned to the Lake—largely eliminating the need for costly disposal by truck and keeping chemical deliveries to a minimum.

CH2M worked closely with the Region of Peel to meet budget, schedule, and sustainability goals, while also delivering an industry-leading capital cost of Can$0.40 per litre per day of water treatment capacity.

Additionally, CH2M’s client, Hunter Water, received an Award of Distinction for Water Reuse Project of the Year, for its KooraganKooragangIsland_HunterWaterg Industrial Water Scheme—a groundbreaking wastewater recycling scheme, which features a 9,000 m3/d advanced water treatment plant. The plant polishes treated municipal wastewater from the Shortland wastewater treatment plant and supplies the clean water via an 8km pipeline to industrial water users on Kooragang Island, located in New South Wales, Australia.

CH2M, as part of the Hunter Treatment Alliance, with our client Hunter Water and Joint Venture Partner Lend Lease, led the concept and detailed design of the A$40 million project for Hunter Water. Industrial users, like chemical company, Orica, and commercial users in need of water for power stations, dairy farms, and golf courses, are benefiting from the use of recycled water. Orica moved from being the largest consumer of water in the region to the 19th-largest. The project demonstrates Hunter Water’s commitment to sustainability and is helping to secure the lower Hunter region’s precious water resources through effective water reuse.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Global Water Award winners!

PNicolPeter Nicol is CH2M’s Global Managing Director for Public & Private Sector Water Business. Peter served as the President of CH2M Canada Limited from 2006-2008 and served as its Regional Manager. He has more than 35 years of experience supervising and managing water and wastewater projects. His career growth has been highlighted by the management of a wide range of progressively more responsible project design and leadership positions. He graduated from the University of Toronto, and is located in the firm’s Toronto office.