CH2M HILL Earns AAEE Excellence in Environmental Engineering Awards
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Treatment plants in Albuquerque, N.M., and Calgary, Alberta, are recognized

CH2M HILL announced that the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Treatment Plant won the Grand Prize for Design and the city of Calgary’s Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility earned a Design Honor Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE). The winners were recognized at the AAEE 2010 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 28.

The new San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Treatment Plant is the centerpiece for the Water Utility Authority’s 15-year transition to a renewable surface water supply. The 92-million-gal-per-day, state-of-the-art water treatment plant is Albuquerque’s first facility for treating surface water and the largest surface water treatment facility in New Mexico. By diverting and treating surface water rather than groundwater, the plant provides a sustainable water supply for future generations.

Designed and constructed by CH2M HILL, the Calgary’s Pine wastewater treatment facility incorporates advanced technology to provide the highest level of treated effluent quality among all major cities in western Canada. The Pine Creek project has been planned, designed, and implemented using an integrated approach to sustainability considering aesthetics, environmental design, economic viability and the diverse interests of multiple stakeholders.

The treatment process for the Pine Creek WWTP includes biological nutrient removal, tertiary filtration using filter disk technology and ultra-violet light disinfection. One of the unique features of the project will be a future onsite Pine Creek Research Centre, a collaborative effort between the city and the University of Calgary. The Centre will be used for research, operator training and new prototype testing.

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