Access Water Client Newsletter: June 2014

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President’s Message

It’s hard for me to believe that we are almost half-way through 2014! Over the past several months, I have enjoyed getting out to meet many of you and tour project sites and facilities along the way. We have several industry events this month, including Singapore International Water Week, the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE), and the SmartAmerica Exposition.

Infrastructure Week was held May 12-16 in the U.S. and encouraged Americans to explore emerging solutions, innovative approaches, and best practices being developed nationwide to modernize America’s aging infrastructure. Aging water infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges our industry and country faces. Trillions of gallons of treated drinking water are lost through leaking pipes every year, while at the same time, drought in much of the West is causing concern and hurting our economy.

The White House launched the SmartAmerica Challenge late last year as a way to invigorate innovative ideas and develop technology that can help address challenges like deteriorating water infrastructure and depleting water resources. In response to the Challenge, CH2M HILL is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and is working with forward-thinking utilities, including Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District and its Greater Water Works, to develop machine to machine technology that will more efficiently manage limited water resources by connecting water systems using wireless technology and sensors throughout the system. Our teams will be showcasing this technology during the SmartAmerica Expo taking place in Washington D.C. on June 11.

If you are not going to be in Boston for ACE this year and find yourself in the D.C. area, I encourage you to stop by the Expo, which will be a full day of presentations and demonstrations, including ones by our utility partners. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Get more details on the Expo here.

I hope to see many of you in Boston. CH2M HILL will be participating in all that ACE has to offer.

Best Regards,

Greg McIntyre, CH2M HILL Global Water Market President

Our Industry

New Global ISO 55000 Asset Management Standards Released

CH2M HILL is pleased to have played a significant role in the development of a new set of global asset management standards, ISO 55000, which are now available to help utilities and organizations improve the management of their assets and enable them to work collectively to more efficiently realize value from their assets, and in turn, achieve their organizational objective. The ISO 55000 Suite of Standards for Asset Management, released in January 2014 by the International Organization for Standardization, provides industries and organizations across business sectors a model management systems framework for asset management.

The standards were launched in the U.S. during the Inaugural ISO 55000 Conference in New York City on May 13. “The new standards will help a variety of industry sectors understand what documents, systems, and procedures are needed to effectively manage assets in order to maximize the value of investments,” said Gareth Lifton, CH2M HILL Strategic Asset Management Director.

Read this blog by Gareth Lifton to learn more about the benefits these standards bring to the water industry.

SmartAmerica Expo Showcases Intelligent Water Technology Solutions

Last year, the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows launched the SmartAmerica Challenge as a way to foster collaboration among diverse companies and business sectors. Teams were challenged to dream up innovative ideas for connecting devices and systems—more commonly known as the Internet of Things. The initial purpose of the Challenge was to pilot solutions that have potential to improve the economy, add jobs, create new business opportunities, conserve resources, and maybe even save lives.

The Challenge drew interest from more than 150 participants. Projects were diverse, ranging from healthcare improvement solutions to energy-saving solutions in construction to enhanced water distribution systems for smarter cities.

Partnering with utilities across the U.S., like Cincinatti’s water and wastewater utilities, CH2M HILL, in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, the world leader in next-generation technologies, developed a project concept that would enable utilities to more efficiently and effectively manage water resources by connecting water systems using wireless technology and sensors placed throughout the water system. The enhanced distribution system is capable of detecting and collecting more information about what is happening in the utility’s water system. By gathering more data and having the technology in place to process the data in real time, utility operators have access to the information they need to make rapid decisions, in order to prevent water contamination events, better manage drought, and prevent water loss and potential system failures caused by leaking pipes or asset failure.

The project will be presented at the SmartAmerica Expo, being held in Washington, DC, on June 11.

Hats Off To. . .

BAPCO Named GCC Project of the Year

Bahrain Petroleum Company’s (BAPCO) wastewater treatment plant was named the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Project of the Year at the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014, after being named Sustainable Project of the Year. The facility treats 6.3 million gallons/day (mgd) of secondary wastewater at the BAPCO refinery in Sitra, Bahrain. The four-stage membrane bioreactor process treats water to industrial reuse standards—meeting stringent nitrogen and phosphorous discharge limits. CH2M HILL led the front-end engineering design for the process plant and acted as owner’s engineer. The firm was recently awarded a 5-year contract to provide operations and maintenance for the facility.

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014 recognize the best projects completed in the GCC in 2012 and 2013. MEED received a record number of project entrants this year. BAPCO’s leadership and commitment to improving Bahrain’s sustainability set this project apart from others in the GCC.

Global Water Awards Presented in Paris, France

CH2M HILL’s Carlo Zaffaroni and Amer Battikhi, with Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and GWI’s Christopher Gasson, accept the Award of Distinction on behalf of BAPCO.

In April, two CH2M HILL projects received Global Water Awards during the Global Water Summit in Paris, including Peru’s Taboada Wastewater Treatment Plant, which was named the Wastewater Project of the Year, and BAPCO’s wastewater treatment facility at the BAPCO refinery, which was recognized with Award of Distinction for the Industrial Project of the Year.

Taboada Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Callao, Peru, is the largest water-treatment facility in South America, with a maximum capacity of475 mgd. Prior to the facility being constructed, Lima was treating only 16 percent of sewage, pumping significant volumes of untreated sewerage into the sea. Constructing the plant transformed Lima into a sustainable leader by delivering 75 percent of the city’s wastewater back into the water cycle as treated effluent.

BAPCO’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was recognized for its cutting-edge treatment technologies in the industrial sector at its wastewater treatment facility at its refinery.

Bruce Manning Selected as AWWA Fuller Award Recipient

CH2M HILL’s Bruce Manning, Fellow Water Treatment Technologist, was selected as the AWWA Fuller Award recipient—the highest honor AWWA bestows on water professionals. The Fuller Award is given each year to individuals for their distinguished service to the water supply field. Bruce, who was recognized by the Missouri Section of AWWA, will receive his award in Boston at the AWWA ACE.

“This has been a dream of mine for my entire career,” said Manning. “I am truly honored and humbled to be able to add my name to the list of outstanding professionals who have received this award over the past 77 years.”

With more than 36 years of experience in water quality and treatment, Bruce has shared his knowledge and provided extensive leadership to help advance the water treatment industry.

Living Water Award Goes to Duyen Tran

Duyen Tran receives Living Water Award

Duyen Tran, CH2M HILL project manager for the city of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was selected by her peers to receive a National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) Living Water Award, which recognizes private water industry professionals who are “living water” through their exemplary dedication to quality, service, and community. NAWC members nominate industry colleagues, and NAWC chooses two finalists for each round to compete for the most “Likes” on the NAWC Facebook page.

Duyen is the sixth recipient of this award.CH2M HILL has provided operations and maintenance services for the city since 1987. Duyen is responsible for overseeing the delivery of those services, which now encompass two wastewater treatment plants, an industrial pretreatment program, environmental laboratory, pump stations, sludge management site, irrigation, water distribution, biosolids management facility, wet prairie, and the Lake Sequoyah dredging project.

“I congratulate Duyen and CH2M HILL on this achievement. It is such a privilege for the NAWC leadership to represent an industry with so many dedicated individuals. From the launch of the Living Water Awards, we have been delighted by the caliber of nominees who have been selected by their colleagues to be considered for this recognition and honor. Duyen truly represents the best of the private water industry, and we look forward to continuing to recognize these outstanding individuals and the impact they have on their communities,” said Michael Deane, executive director, the NAWC in a press release.

CH2M HILL Projects Recognized by AAEES

In late April, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) hosted its annual 2014 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Awards ceremony, and CH2M HILL was recognized for three key projects, including two significant water projects.

Agua Nueva, Pima County, Arizona

Grand Prize for Design of Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility: CH2M HILL accepted the Grand Prize Award for design for Pima County’s Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). Located in Pima County, Arizona, the Agua Nueva WRF is one of the world’s most advanced water reclamation facilities. The new 32-mgd reclamation plant, which is part of Pima County’s larger Water Reclamation Campus, features state-of-the-art technology to meet today’s environmental standards for discharge—protecting the Santa Cruz River and the community’s reclaimed water system. Pima County selected the design-build-operate (DBO) project delivery approach to secure substantial benefits for its customers. CH2M HILL was responsible for the DB delivery and will operate and maintain the facility for up to the next 20 years.

Honor Award for planning of New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (NYCDEP) Disaster Proofing Vital Infrastructure: The firm received an Honor Award for our work on the NYCDEP’s New York City Wastewater Resiliency Plan—the nation’s most detailed and comprehensive assessment of the risk climate change poses to a wastewater collection and treatment system.

CH2M HILL, as part of a joint venture with Hazen & Sawyer, conducted a groundbreaking study to assess coastal flooding risks under future sea level conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The study not only identified and quantified the impacts of climate change and population growth on NYC’s sewer, drainage, and wastewater systems, but it also included vulnerability analyses and adaptation recommendations for all at-risk city wastewater facilities and pumping stations.

Both of these water projects were also honored by the Environmental Business Journal earlier this year with its 2013 Business Achievement Award in the Water/Wastewater Category.

Cool Projects

Wilsonville Celebrates Grand Opening of Wastewater Treatment Plant

City of Wilsonville’s Mayor Tim Knapp celebrates grand opening on April 24.

On April 24, the City of Wilsonville, Oregon, celebrated the completion of the city’s new wastewater treatment plant with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The US$42-million DBO project, awarded to CH2M HILL in May 2011, was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

“Teamwork and collaboration are at the heart of DBO projects and were key to the successful completion of the new facility in Wilsonville,” said Joe Glicker, CH2M HILL DBO director. “The plant’s expansion benefits the city in so many ways and will protect the environment and help the community grow for years to come.”

Wilsonville’s wastewater treatment plant was rebuilt, upgraded, and expanded to include modern wastewater treatment technology, a new odor system, and increased capacity from 2.5 to 4 mgd, with future expansion capabilities to 7 mgd. The upgrade and expansion included two new structures, including a dewatering and drying building, as well as a headworks building to produce Class A biosolids for land application and fertilizer.

The original facility was built in the 1970s and has undergone upgrades over the years to accommodate the city’s population growth and maintain aging equipment. The latest comprehensive upgrade and expansion project enables Wilsonville to meet the community’s current needs and future growth over the next 20 years and will ensure clean water for tomorrow by protecting the environment and improving the quality of effluent discharged to the Willamette River.

In September 2011, CH2M HILL took over the plant’s operations during the construction phase, and will continue to operate the plant for the next 20 years under the DBO contract.

The project, which is the first DBO project of its kind in Oregon, was recognized as the 2013 Environmental Project of the Year by the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

Our Community

Water For People Campaign

Water For People, one of CH2M HILL’s enterprise partners, is striving to #changethegame by launching a campaign to create social change. The non-profit organization works in 10 countries to develop clean water and improved sanitation systems, while providing health and hygiene education programs.

For more than 10 years, CH2M HILL has supported Water For People through our annual Workplace Giving Campaign and has raised more than US$1.5 million—the first company to reach this milestone. This year’s campaign ran from May 1–31. We set a goal of raising US$235,000.

We are looking forward to catching up with Water For People at the organization’s annual fundraising event associated with the AWWA ACE, as well as at the Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award Luncheon presented by CH2M HILL on Monday, June 9, which honors Water For People’s founder and acknowledges the outstanding volunteers and committees across North America. CH2M HILL’s Katie Chamberlain, who works in the firm’s Boston office, will give the keynote address at the luncheon.

As an active volunteer, Katie currently serves as the New England Water Works Association Water For People Committee Chair. In 2013, she participated in a World Water Corps trip to West Bengal, India, where she contributed to a project that delivered safe drinking water and sanitation improvements to hundreds of thousands of local villagers. Katie received the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts in planning the Biannual Water For People Gala, which raised more than $30,000 for the organization.

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