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Project will modernize control systems at city’s wastewater treatment plants and collection system
Honeywell has been awarded a 15-year, $88.6-million contract to completely overhaul the technology controlling the massive wastewater treatment system in Los Angeles.
The project will allow the city’s Bureau of Sanitation to replace the current control systems, some of which have been in place for two decades and are vastly outdated. It also will enable the city to realize its vision for a city and networkwide integrated operation, simplifying how it operates and maintains the wastewater system, and reducing environmental risks from the aging infrastructure.
The system capacity is 550 million gal of wastewater each day and controls 6,700 miles of sewer lines that serve more than 4 million residential and commercial customers in Los Angeles and 29 other cities.
Honeywell Process Solutions was awarded the contract by Los Angeles with a recommendation by the Board of Public Works and final approval by the city council.
The Honeywell technology will allow the city to link its four main treatment plants with geographically dispersed pumping stations to give operators the ability to control the entire system from a central location, if needed. The project will enable the city to more effectively and efficiently monitor operations at the city’s pumping stations and collection facilities that are scattered throughout more than 500 sq miles of the city’s service area.
The project is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2012 and will take approximately seven years to complete. Honeywell will provide support services for eight years after completion to ensure the system is appropriately maintained. About 80 new jobs will be created in Los Angeles as a result of the project.
“This overhaul will give us better effectiveness and efficiency to meet the city’s needs and improve its overall infrastructure for decades to come,” Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Assistant Director Varouj Abkian said. “In addition, over the next decade we expect the project to save us tens of millions of dollars and generate high-paying jobs for our community. We are delighted that this project was approved by the city council, which will address our water quality objectives serving our core mission.”