July WaterWorks News: Rate hikes spur opposition, water main causes cave-in, stimulus funds arriving slowly

July 2010 Vol. 65 No. 7
A scene in Gainesville after a water main burst flooded a street and caused a cave-in.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said, “These water infrastructure funds will help to protect the biological quality of the water produced at the drinking water plant. The project will ensure that local residents are provided with higher quality drinking water.”

The purpose of the project is to install three flow meters and an enhanced disinfection system to ensure that the water is safe from disease-causing organisms.

AZ Water Association names Water Reuse Project of the Year

The Arizona Water Association (AZ Water) presented the 2010 Water Reuse Project of the Year Award to Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) and the city of Surprise, AZ.

The award, presented during the 83rd AZ Water Association Annual Conference at Glendale, AZ, on May 5, recognized the project team’s work on the Surprise South Water Reclamation Plant (SSWRP) Vadose Zone Recharge System. All project team members, including the owner (city of Surprise), prime consultant (LAN) and team of sub-consultants and the prime contractor received individual plaques.

Since 2003, Projects of the Year Awards have been presented on an annual basis to recognize outstanding engineering excellence and achievement in the water, wastewater and water reuse categories. Projects are judged based on several criteria including original or innovative application of new or existing techniques, social and economic considerations, meeting and exceeding owner needs and complexity. The water reuse category was added in 2006.

The Surprise South Water Reclamation Plant (SSWRP) Vadose Recharge System was developed by the design team of LAN, HydroSytems Inc. and DLT&V Systems Engineering Inc. as part of the city of Surprise’s master plan to expand the SSWRP wastewater treatment capacity from 7.2 million gallons a day to 16.3 million gallons a day. To store the plant’s increased volume of reclaimed water underground, 52 site-specific vadose recharge wells have been master planned for installation in multiple phases at two different locations in the city service area. Other project elements in this recharge system include associated delivery pipelines, booster pump station modifications, geo-membrane reservoir cover and a SCADA control system.