Nov 05, 2008

Black & Veatch Recognized for Role in Advanced Recycled Water Project

Western Corridor Recycled Water Project receives global engineering industry recognition

Black & Veatch was recognized for its role in the completion of the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project at an Open Day held yesterday near Brisbane, Australia. The event, organized by Western Corridor Recycled Water Pty Ltd, marked the completion of the largest advanced recycled water project of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

The project has successfully built a water supply network for South East Queensland that consists of 124 miles of large-diameter underground pipeline, three advanced water treatment plants, storage tanks and pumping stations. The supply network will have the capacity to deliver 61 million gallons per day (mgd) of purified recycled water to power stations, industry, agriculture and the Wivenhoe Dam.

Black & Veatch, working in a joint venture with Thiess, was responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant, the first of the three advanced water treatment plants to come online. Stage 1A of the plant, which was completed in only 10 months—about half the time expected for a similar facility—has consistently received recognition from the global engineering industry this year. Stage 1B of the plant was completed in June 2008 and increased the capacity of purified recycled water from 5 to 17 mgd.

At the Global Water Awards in March, the plant was named Water Project of the Year by Global Water Intelligence magazine. In September in Vienna, Austria, the plant received a Grand Honour Prize in the design project category at the International Water Association Project Innovation Awards. In October, the plant was named International Project of the Year by the Construction Management Association of America and as winner of the Project Management category at the Engineers Australia Queensland Division 2008 Engineering Excellence Awards. The project will now be submitted for the Engineers Australia national awards, which will be announced at an event in Canberra in mid-November.

“What is satisfying about the recognition and the global attention that the plant has received is that it has been recognized for its design, project and construction management,” said Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of Black & Veatch’s global water business. “That’s a very strong message to send to the industry.”