Projects & Awards - July 2013

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Pennsylvania American Water unveils $24 million upgrade

Pennsylvania American Water completed a $24 million upgrade to the Rock Run Water Treatment Plant in West Caln Township. The upgrade increased capacity, improved reliability and energy efficiency, enhanced safety, and ensures compliance with all water quality standards. The plant delivers drinking water to nearly 12,000 homes and businesses in western Chester County. The upgrade boosted capacity 5 mgd to 7 mgd, replaced aging equipment, added new chemical feed systems, added an emergency generator and replaced pumps and other plant equipment to increase energy efficiency. The project also replaced gas chlorine with on-site liquid chlorine generation. The project received a $9.9 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

Honeywell to reduce energy costs for Puerto Rico authority

Honeywell signed an agreement to upgrade wastewater treatment plants for the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA), the largest water and wastewater utility in North America. The energy-savings program starts with $16.3 million in improvements at treatment plants in Barceloneta and Caguas and includes installing advanced process controls, new blowers and diffusers, and other high-efficiency equipment. The work is guaranteed to save $2.7 million in annual energy and operating costs. Honeywell will also provide ongoing service and maintenance. The enhancements are expected to cut energy use at the Barceloneta plant in half and the Caguas plant by 30 percent. PRASA will reduce its electricity consumption by 9.3 million kWh annually and trim carbon dioxide emissions by 6,100 metric tons each year. The company is auditing five other PRASA sites to identify opportunities to save energy.

Austin renews agreement with Wachs Water Services

The City of Austin, Texas, extended its contract with Wachs Water Services to perform fire hydrant maintenance, assessment and repair. The program involves maintenance of more than 8,000 hydrants per year, including condition assessment, routine maintenance, and collection of critical items of attribute data describing the operational status of each hydrant and lead valve. An accurate GPS position is captured on every hydrant and lead valve, and all data is entered into the utility’s GIS. Through the program, the utility has reduced out-of-service hydrants to well below 1 percent.

Texas district enters public-private partnership with Severn Trent Services

Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District (HRMUD) in El Paso County, Texas, chose Severn Trent Services to provide contract management, operations and maintenance services for its water and wastewater systems through a public-private partnership. The company will also provide meter reading, customer service and billing. HRMUD serves 9,100 customers. The district’s water treatment plant uses reverse osmosis technology and has a Superior Water System rating with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It has a treatment capacity of 8 mgd, and the wastewater treatment plant has a capacity of 3 mgd.

Ohio city selects Mueller Systems for advanced metering infrastructure

The City of Maumee, Ohio, will upgrade its water system with Mueller Systems’ state-of-the-art advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network. The company will provide the Mi.Net Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities, an advanced two-way AMI network that will automate the meter reading-to-billing process by linking its meters, distribution sites and control devices in a single data network. AMI will enable the city to collect metering data in the office and receive alerts of potential leaks in the water system and on customers’ properties. The system provides on-demand meter readings, e-mail alerts and alarms based upon near real-time information. A web-based consumer portal enables consumers to view their current and historic water consumption levels online and set budget and conservation goals.


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