Access Water Client Newsletter: October 2011

President’s Message

It’s an exciting time for CH2M HILL. We recently announced our intent to acquire Halcrow, an extremely well-respected UK engineering firm. Halcrow and CH2M HILL are very complementary in that we share common values regarding safety, respect, integrity, a commitment to our employees, and a strong focus on clients. We know clients are looking for global companies that can act locally, and when approved the Halcrow acquisition will add 80 offices worldwide and 6,000 employees to CH2M HILL. The resources and services we will be able to provide our clients will be even more robust, yet remain very local.

I look forward to meeting with many of our valued clients and connecting with students and young professionals at WEFTEC in Los Angeles, Oct. 17-19. CH2M HILL will have a number of employees attending, and sharing and learning more about the latest technologies, trends, and innovative projects. Our staff will be moderating and will be presenting in more than 40 workshops, technical sessions and posters presentations.

Also during WEFTEC, CH2M HILL is launching an initiative to help preserve freshwater resources by facilitating the beneficial reuse of municipal wastewater. Called WaterMatch, the initiative uses social networking to link industries that need water for their operations, with municipal utilities that can supply a reliable stream of effluent. This is a non-commercial initiative that is free and in the public domain.  We believe WaterMatch is an innovative way to increase water conservation on a global scale by enabling projects at the local level.

Best Regards,
Bob Bailey
President, CH2M HILL Water Business Group

Hats Off To. . .

CH2M HILL’s Tom Johnson Selected Outstanding Young Water Professional

Tom Johnson, a CH2M HILL water/wastewater technologist, has been selected by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Board of Trustees as the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award. This award is given to an individual under 35 who has demonstrated contributions to enhancing the activities of WEF, its member associations and WEF committees, and has shown improvement in the fundamental knowledge of performance of wastewater collection and treatment systems, water resource protection and research on issues important to the water environment.

“I could not be more honored to receive this award,” says Tom. “I truly enjoy the work I do with the Water Environment Federation and in the industry and feel privileged to work alongside and learn from experts in the field. It is such a valuable opportunity as a young professional to attend WEFTEC, and I am humbled to be associated with the other WEF award recipients.”

Tom has project experience in wastewater process analysis, modeling, water/wastewater process design, wastewater collection and conveyance, and water distribution. Based in the Charlotte, North Carolina office, his project work with CH2M HILL has focused on wastewater process, optimization, sustainability and energy efficiency for wastewater utilities in the eastern United States.

CH2M HILL’s Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant Project Wins the 2011 WateReuse International Award

CH2M HILL has been awarded the 2011 WateReuse International Award from the WateReuse Association for the Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant Project (AWTP). CH2M HILL accepted the award in September during the 26th Annual WateReuse Symposium held in Phoenix, Arizona.

According to the WateReuse Association, “The Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant has demonstrated continued dedication to the international water reuse community and the WateReuse Association gratefully acknowledges the contributions they have made.”

The need for this project arose during a period of unprecedented population growth in Brisbane and South East Queensland (Australia), combined with a prolonged drought from 2002 to 2008, which created an acute shortage of water in the region. In response, the Queensland government implemented the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project, an AU$2.5-billion scheme that includes three advanced water treatment plants and more than 200 kilometers of pipeline. The Luggage Point AWTP, a major part of this scheme, purifies secondary effluent from the adjacent wastewater treatment plant to a level that complies with drinking quality standards to augment the City of Brisbane’s largest potable water source, Lake Wivenhoe (when required), and to provide high-quality water to two power plants and other customers.

The Luggage Point Alliance—consisting of the governmental agency Seqwater, joint venture partners CH2M HILL and Laing O’Rourke, and sub-alliance partners Aurecon (formerly Connell Wagner) and Hatch—designed, procured, installed, commissioned, and operated the Luggage Point AWTP. The 18.5-million gallons/day (mgd) plant uses a multi-barrier treatment train that includes chemical precipitation, microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet disinfection/advanced oxidation. In addition to delivering water in less than 2 years, the plant also developed numerous technical innovations, produced water that complies with drinking water standards, and garnered public support through an extensive public outreach and education program. The plant is highly automated and efficient, and it significantly reduces the pollutant load to the receiving water. Final completion of the Luggage Point AWTP was achieved by the Luggage Point Alliance in June 2011 with official handover to the owner for future operations.


CH2M HILL Announces Intent to Acquire Halcrow - Combined Firm Offers Deep Engineering and Design Expertise

CH2M HILL announced on September 26 that it has agreed to acquire the share capital of Halcrow for approximately £124 million. The acquisition is subject to the approval of Halcrow shareholders and the UK High Court. The agreement is expected to close in November.

Halcrow, a UK-based engineering, planning, design, and management services firm founded in 1868, specializes in transport, environmental and other infrastructure projects. The firm has 6,000 employees and is known for signature projects, such as High Speed 1 in the UK (also known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link), the Chongzun Expressway in China and Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates. Halcrow reported revenues of £465 million in 2010.

CH2M HILL Chairman and CEO Lee McIntire said, “This acquisition is a game changer for our clients.  Our global footprint will be deeper and our bench strength will be even more robust. By combining our resources and leveraging our collective technical know-how, we will set a new standard for the marketplace. Best of all, our two firms are ideally suited in terms of cultures, markets, geographies, and we have a shared long-term vision for the future.”

The combination of the two firms will help CH2M HILL advance its leadership in water, environmental, transportation and other markets.  With the addition of Halcrow’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and South America, CH2M HILL will more than double its international presence to almost 30,000 employees globally including more than 11,000 outside of the U.S. 


The WaterMatch Initiative

The WaterMatch Initiative was developed by a worldwide CH2M HILL team to promote the beneficial reuse of municipal effluent for industrial use on a global basis, starting at the grassroots level. This is a non-commercial, goodwill initiative in which no fees will be required for participation by users, organizational partners, or collaborating companies.

WaterMatch comprises the following elements:

WaterMatch Website and Linking “Matching Map”:  An online map application allows industrial users to locate nearby municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) as a potential solution for site-specific water resource needs.  Municipalities can sign on to provide contact information for their facilities as desired.  After the public launch, WaterMatch will be housed on CH2M HILL’s external website at The map application includes locations of WWTPs worldwide. Users can search the map for nearby WWTPs, as a consumer might search an area for a bookstore, by entering their location and choosing a search radius.

WaterMatch Social Network Connections: The Matching Map enables personnel who work in municipalities and industries to find, connect, and collaborate with each other on a local basis.

Industrial companies may use the Matching Map to find WWTPs close to their operations and then use the social networking function to connect with the utilities operating those plants. Municipal WWTP location information from databases and facility profile information submitted by individual WWTPs will be shown on the Matching Map.

Benefits to Industrial Users

-Access to information and creation of local relationships to enable expansion of municipal wastewater reuse in industrial operations.

-Promotion of public-private partnerships and reduction of fresh water use around the world.

-Increase in water supply security, diversity and reliability for companies.

Benefits to Municipal Users

-Access to industrial users and creation of local relationships to enable expansion of municipal wastewater reuse from facilities.

-Promotion of public-private partnerships and reduction of fresh water use in communities.

Cool Projects

State-of-the-art Wastewater Treatment Facility Grand Opening Held in Seattle

Brightwater, a new regional wastewater treatment facility near Seattle, Washington, was officially dedicated September 24. The facility will serve the northern portion of King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s service area.

Work on the facility began in 2002 with CH2M HILL in partnership with Brown and Caldwell, leading a team of more than 20 firms to deliver preliminary design, final design, and services during construction. The Brightwater regional wastewater system includes a state-of-the-art advanced wastewater treatment and reclamation facility, 12 miles of underground conveyance pipelines, and a marine outfall in Puget Sound. The 36-mgd membrane bioreactor (MBR) treatment plant is one of the largest MBR installations in the world. The 120-acre treatment plant site, reclaimed from automobile wrecking yards, has been transformed into a park-like area incorporating streams, wetlands, trails, overlook structures, and an Environmental Education/Community Center.

To ensure that King County receives maximum long-term benefit, Brightwater’s design incorporates innovative features that will reduce lifecycle costs. These include chemically enhanced primary clarification, which can be used to optimize primary treatment performance, and cost and energy saving design of the aeration basin blower system. The aeration system’s direct drive turbo blowers will provide significant energy savings and have reduced the blower room footprint.

Another benefit of the facility is that it will produce Class A reclaimed water for reuse. Initially, a 7 mgd reuse facility will be provided. Space is reserved on-site for additional water reclamation up to 21 mgd. Reclaimed water will be used on-site for landscape irrigation, toilet and urinal flushing, and a water feature. Reclaimed water will also be distributed off-site to other users. Biosolids from the treatment plant will be digested and dewatered for beneficial use off-site, primarily through agricultural application.

Also completed as part of the Brightwater project, CH2M HILL, together with Jacobs Engineering, served as King County’s Brightwater conveyance construction manager for construction of approximately 66,850 linear feet of large-bore tunnels (185- to 234-inch excavated diameter) to provide flows of sewerage to and effluent from the Brightwater Treatment Plant. The 12 miles of the tunneled conveyance system spans east to west across the northern portion of King County, and consists of four major tunnels and five shaft sites constructed under three contracts.

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