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Company officials recognized for innovative water treatment plant
WaterOne and Black and Veatch will receive the 2011 Engineering Excellence Award in the water resources category from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas. The award-winning Wolcott Water Treatment Plant provides WaterOne with an additional water supply for its growing customer base.
The companies will accept the award at the council’s annual meeting in June. The Wolcott supply and treatment facilities previously had earned recognition for their community benefits as well as engineering excellence through the council’s 2010 County Public Improvement Award.
“Black and Veatch has designed a water treatment plant that is not only functional and innovative but also fits into the rural nature of its surroundings,” said WaterOne Director of Production Tom Schrempp.
The water treatment plant was designed to look like a horse barn to please area residents and uses microfiltration membrane technology as part of the treatment process. The facility also uses energy-efficient equipment and advanced controls to reduce overall operations costs and the plant’s carbon footprint.
“These awards recognize the many public benefits and sustainable features of the new [treatment plant],” said Black and Veatch President and CEO Dan McCarthy. “This advanced facility uses innovative technologies to reduce energy consumption and operating costs while providing a high-quality and reliable water supply for Johnson County residents.”